Jamaica: The National Works Agency – NWA has informed that the government of Jamaica has allocated an amount of $100 million for cleansing of drains and elimination of verges throughout the nation.
This decision by the government of Jamaica is taken, keeping in mind the arrival of the 2021 North Atlantic Hurricane season.
The National Works Agency- NWA further stated that the works under this multi-million dollar project would be taken out by the parish teams of NWA, and it would be commencing soon.
The agency added that “This is the first of three planned flood mitigation plans of works that would be carried out by the NWA agency over the next six months in connection to the current hurricane season.”
Stephen Shaw, who is the Manager, Communication and Customer at the NWA has asserted that “This programme of works is still being finalised and would target crucial drains located in flood-prone areas in several communities across the island.
Following the statement, the manager added that “The programme increases some of the works undertaken over the past 6 months, during which roads and drains have been rehabilitated under the Secondary Roads Programme.”
The National Works Agency also informed that over – $3 billion was spent during the last financial year under the Secondary Roads Programme, which had targeted central and community roads of Jamaica.
As the Hurricane season arrives in the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, the Caribbean nations have already started taking measures to safeguard their countries.
The specialists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States – NOAA, forecasted for this Hurricane cycle, which lasts until November 30, between 13 and 20 named storms, about ten hurricanes and of those five of great intensity.
The prior season surpassed the forecasts and a series of events left the forecasts behind.