One killed as Jamaica continues to experience heavy rains

The heavy rains over the past few days have caused widespread damage with the National Works Agency (NWA).



KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – At least one person is reported to have died as heavy rains caused by a low-pressure system continue to lash Jamaica on Monday.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) said two men were trapped by floodwaters at the Bob Marley Beach in the community of Bull Bay in the parish of St Andrew. One was rescued and taken to hospital, but the other is suspected to have drowned.

Their names or identities have not been released.

The heavy rains over the past few days have caused widespread damage with the National Works Agency (NWA), the government’s agency with responsibility for the road network, will start assessing the impact of the damage.

“We continue to look at the situation where drains are concerned. A number of drains have been compromised because of the heavy rains in the parishes of St Thomas, Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine and Clarendon,” the NWA said.

The ODPEM has activated its national emergency operations as floodwaters continue to rise in several communities.
There were reports on Monday that a number of residents have been marooned in sections of the eastern parish of St Thomas. 

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that heavy rains could cause flash flooding and mud slides over portions of Haiti and Jamaica as the system moves slowly towards the northwest or north over the next couple of days.
NHC said that the the area of lowest pressure is located about 175 miles south of Grand Cayman and remains separated from the thunderstorm activity.

“However, some of the development of this system is possible during the next day or so before upper level winds become unfavourable. There is a 40 per cent chance of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours,” the NHC added.

The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1 and will end six months later.

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