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Jamaica: Flood Bill Could Double, Says PM

While not announcing a new estimate for flood damage to roads and other infrastructure on the weekend, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said on Tuesday that the new bill could surpass the more than $2 billion originally tabulated after the country was drenched by showers from Tropical Storm Zeta about two weeks ago.

And with the damage to parochial roads now skyrocketing to more than $1.65 billion, the Government could now be asked to find an estimated $5.7 billion to carry out rehabilitation works in the wake of storm-force winds from Hurricane Eta.

The landslide-prone Gordon Town main road could also be abandoned and a new thoroughfare built, the prime minister also said.

In a statement to the House of Representatives, the prime minister said that the Jamaica Defence Force has deployed its DART team to Bull Bay in St Andrew, where residents suffered devastation to property. The DART is the army’s Disaster Assistance Response Team.

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