8 People Dead after Heavy Rains in Jamaica

 

The weather system left significant damage, disrupted daily business activity, closed schools and caused infrastructural damage on the island.

Over three inches of rain fell in the capital city of Kingston alone, in a 12 hour period, doubling the usual rainfall for a similar period. According to the latest forecast, Jamaica will continue to be pelt by heavy rains into the coming weekend.

It is expected that an improved weather pattern will emerge as of Saturday, but in the meantime a flash flood warning remained in effect for the entire island and government officials have expressed fears that the death toll could rise.

On Thursday, seven people, including four children were washed away by the flood waters when their house succumbed to the powerful water pressure and landslide in St. Andrew.

Some shelters have been opened to assist those who have been affected and displaced by the heavy rains. Mass shelters are being erected in priority areas.

Roads and bridges have collapsed while others have been declared unsafe for passage by local authorities.

The weather system went on to before Tropical Depression Nicole but according to reports, it has since dissipated due to weakening conditions.

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