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Riverhead Community Receives Upgrade to its Footpath

ODPEM | 2012-01-25 15:20:00


Riverhead community within the district of Llandewey, St. Thomas recently received a major upgrade to its footpath with the construction of a footbridge and a U drain across the area’s main gully. The newly installed footbridge will allow unimpeded access to the Riverhead Basic School during instances of prolonged rainfall. The initiative was a joint venture between the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Llandewey Zonal Committee.
The Riverhead Basic School has suffered significantly over the years from flooding due to the close proximity of two seasonal gullies/tributaries of the Negro River which confluence nearby the school’s property. When the gullies are in spate the footpath which was the main access to the school became impassable leaving the students and
teachers marooned from the rest of the community until the water levels in the gullies had retreated.
The total cost of the project is approximately JM$ 960,000. The installation of the footbridge and the U drain is one of several initiatives that have been implemented under the Building Disaster Resilient Communities (BDRC) project through the ODPEM. This project with the support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and a number of partner agencies have taken definitive measures to empower and educate 28 communities over the last 3 years in Disaster Risk Reduction & Management (DRRM). Through the BDRC project the 28 communities have developed Community Disaster Management Plans and have established more than 32 Community Emergency Response Teams who have been trained in several areas of DRRM.


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