Ahmad, Rafi; Carby, Barbara; Saunders, P.H.
Geography and Geology; Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
The impact of slope movements on a rural community: Lessons from Jamaica
Merriman, P. A.; Browitt, C.W.A.
Natural Disasters: Protecting vulnerable communities: Proceedings of the Conference
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13-15 October, 1993
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Conference to mark the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.
The slope movements of March 1986, which destroyed the village of Preston, Parish of St. Mary, Jamaica, were related to the phenomenon of lateral spreading. Some seven years after the disaster, all 17 dislocated families had not been relocated permanently. The study documents the complicated bureaucratic process of relief, recovery, and rehabilitation. The nature of the hazard is discussed and long-term mitigation strategies are proposed. The Preston experience shows that there are no specific guidelines or legislative framework within which the State may effectively assist its citizenry in the event of natural disasters, and that the society is unprepared to deal with and manage the landslide hazard. A National Landslide Management Programme is indicated. The Preston experience suggests that local communities assume responsibility for learning about the hazard and preparing accordingly.....