Jamaica is gearing up for an anticipated period of increased rainfall as a trough moves across the island, prompting concerns about potential flooding and the need for emergency preparations.
The Meteorological Service has issued a weather advisory forecasting a large area of showers and thunderstorms associated with the approaching trough.
This weather system is expected to move northeastward across the island over Thursday and Friday, with meteorologists warning of unstable weather conditions throughout this period.
Meteorologist Romayne Robinson emphasised that most parishes should brace for heightened rainfall, prompting concerns about the potential impact on communities and infrastructure.
In response to the forecast, Opposition Spokesperson on Local Government, Natalie Neita Garvey, has called on the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to take proactive measures.
Garvey stressed the need for the ODPEM to activate the Emergency Operations Centre, emphasising the importance of preparedness to mitigate the effects of possible floods.
Mrs. Neita Garvey further urged the Minister of Local Government to mobilise the Parish Disaster Coordinators and Committees.
She encouraged citizens to remain vigilant and adhere to guidance provided by the Meteorological Office, ODPEM, and the National Disaster Committee.
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