CLARENDON: Fifteen communities based in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed (URMW) are now better able to prepare for disaster impacts and other hazards, as risk profiles, disaster risk reduction and climate-change adaptation plans for the communities have now been developed. The communities include, among others, Summerfield, Pennants, Crooked River, Kellits and Chapelton. The area is considered one of the major groundwater-producing basins in Jamaica, with annual abstration reaching about 400 million cubic metres within a year.
KINGSTON: Following Cabinet’s approval for the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to grant a nearly one-million-dollar contract for the construciton exercise, work is expected to commence soon on a Port Royal Street coastal revetment project. Information minister Karl Samuda says the roadway will be raised to reduce flooding risks from heavy showers, while the minor drains will also be upgraded. At the same time, a 4.7-km boardwalk will be constructed for recreational use, and an 80-metre fishing beach will be put in place to accommodate fisherfolk.