Already $20 million has been identified and will be made immediately available.
Holness said Montego Bay received three-and-a-half inches of rainfall over a four hour period, resulting in extensive damage to both private and public infrastructure.
Speaking at a press conference at the St James Municipal Corporation following a tour of the affected areas yesterday, Holness said he would make allocation from the budget.
“There will be some emergency allocation. Recently in Parliament I announced there would be some programme of patching; we will have to now take a second look at the supplementary estimates that we intended to table in Parliament next week because this will call for some additional funding,” he said.
The prime minister said the significant weather event brought into sharp focus the great threat of climate change and is calling for people to become more aware of the issue.
“Government will now have to find resources to expand gullies, to pave areas that are not paved and there's the issue of where people choose to live. Living on the banks of the gully should not be a place where people choose to live. We need to get our citizens to start acting responsibly,” Holness said.
He added that intense weather events are becoming more frequent and government must put in place measures, such as building with greater capacity, to mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
“Our behaviour is somehow linked to these kinds of intense weather event. The issue is how do we build the infrastructure and treat the infrastructure to prevent the devastating effect of heavy rainfall.
Holness urged the Municipal Corporationl to ensure that all blocked drains are cleared and applauded the Municipal Corporation for their incredible response in the clean-up effort.