Minister Charles Jr, during his address at the Launch of the System yesterday (April 29), in Bog Walk, St Catherine stated that the country will now be better able to predict and respond to natural disasters.
“The system will no doubt set a new standard for the continued improvement of the way we respond to, manage and as best as possible pre-empt and predict natural disasters. The value of this improved capacity is made even more salient given our categorization as a Small Island Developing State, one bombarded perennially by recurring natural hazards that affect our ability to maintain our economic independence and foster growth”, explained the minister.
The system is owned and operated by the Water Resources Authority (WRA) and is the Caribbean’s only early flood warning system.
“The Rio Cobre Flood Early Warning System will ensure that timely and accurate early warning of impending flood events in the Rio Cobre is given to all stakeholders including ODPEM in order to effect rapid action to save lives and property”, explained Minister Charles.
In July 2017 the Government of Jamaica and the Caribbean Development Bank signed a grant agreement for €218,751 (euros) to upgrade and expand the Rio Cobre Flood Early Warning System.
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