Carby, Barbara; Ahmad, Rafi
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Geography and Geology; Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
Vulnerability of roads and water systems to hydro-geological hazards in Jamaica
Date of Publication
Discusses the vulnerability of Jamaica's roads and water systems due to the physical conditions of the island, the absence of an integrated approach to planning and development control, inadequate mitigation measures, and lack of proper collection of data on the effects of natural hazards. Examines the effect of flooding and landslides on roads and water systems in Jamaica as a result of Hurricane Gilbert, 1988; the rains of May 21-22, 1991; and Tropical Storm Gordon, November 1994. Shows that recurrent smaller events are very costly, though they do not generate the same level of official response and media attention accorded more spectacular events. Suggests that a national plan for hazard management, based on prevention and mitigation, is needed. Case histories show that....