The Inter-American Development Bank today announced the approval of a $16 million emergency loan to Jamaica to help finance the recovery and reconstruction from damage caused by torrential rains that struck the island during May and June.
The resources will be used to restore basic infrastructure services, including road repair and the removal of debris, clean-up of blocked canals and flooded areas, the clearing of drainage systems and the strengthening of national institutions so they will be better equipped to deal with both the present and future emergencies.
The reconstruction and repair work will be carried out in the five parishes where most of the flooding and landslides occurred: Clarendon, Manchester, St. Catherine, St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas.
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