Jamaica – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslides and Floods

At least 2 people have died after heavy rain caused floods and landslides in Jamaica.

Jamaica’s Meteorological Service issued several warnings for heavy rain and flash floods over the weekend. On 25 October the Met Service said that the “outer bands from Tropical Storm Zeta, over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, are contributing to the rainfall over Jamaica. The storm is forecast to be moving away from the island, across the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days.”

Two people died after a house in St Andrew was destroyed by a landslide on 23 October 2020.

On 25 October Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) said it had received reports of flooding and landslides in sections of Eastern, Southern and Western parishes as a result of unstable weather conditions affecting the island and urged people to stay indoors and avoid flooded waterways.
A river in Nine Mile district in Saint Ann Parish broke its banks, prompting evacuations.

The National Works Agency (NWA) said flooding and landslides had blocked several roads, including some in areas of the capital, Kingston.

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