Prime Minister Declares Jamaica a Disaster Area Amidst Impending Hurricane Beryl Threat

Prime Minister Andrew Holness via Youtube

On Tuesday Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared Jamaica a disaster area due to the impending threat of Hurricane Beryl.

This declaration, made under section 26 of the Disaster Risk Management Act, will be in effect for seven days.

An island wide curfew will also be enforced from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Prime Minister stated that this measure aims to ensure public safety during the storm and to prevent criminal activities.

An evacuation order is also in place for flood and landslide-prone areas, regions at or below sea level, and areas near gullies or waterways.


Prime Minister Holness emphasised the importance of compliance with evacuation notices.

“We urge all Jamaicans to comply with notices to evacuate if and when they are issued. However, even without a formal notice, if you live in a low-lying area, an area historically prone to flooding and landslides, or near a river or gully, you must make plans to evacuate to a shelter or safer ground,” he implored.

The government has allocated $5 million per constituency to assist with emergency needs for food and building supplies through the Constituency Development Fund.

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