Disaster Preparedness Now More Urgent - Dr. Lyew-Ayee (MGI) & Chris Hind (JNGI).

Sunnyside, Jamaica 2017
Clarendon flooding, 2017
Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr - MGI's Director
Chris Hind - GM JNGI

Jamaica enters the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1 without the will to tackle the weaknesses that a major hurricane strike would show up or any indication that it has learnt from lessons from the recent past, says Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute.

The country suffered massive flood damage in April and May, costing billions of dollars, dislocating budget spending plans, and undermining national economic growth targets, according to analysts. However, Lyew-Ayee pointed out that Jamaica has suffered similar flood damage in the past without remedial action being taken, although the necessary steps are well known.

"The 2017 Hurricane Season is projected by meteorologists to be above average this season, with one storm already forming in April," he said. "Climate change means that we can also expect more extreme weather events in the years ahead.

See complete article in the Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20170606/growth-jobs-disaster-pr...