- Title: Jamaican Prime Minister urges citizens to prepare for hurricane
- Date: 1st October 2016
- Summary: KINGSTON, JAMAICA (OCTOBER 1, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE OF GROCERY STORE VARIOUS SHOTS OF FOOD IN SHOPPING CARTS JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER ANDREW HOLNESS SPEAKING ON PHONE (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW HOLNESS, PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA, SAYING: "What we know is that we will be impacted by this storm. All the models show that Jamaica will be within the 90 percent effect band of this storm. What we have control over is our ability to prepare. We hold firm in the view that preparation can reduce loss of life and property." PAN OF GAS STATION VARIOUS OF GAS STATION WITH RESIDENTS FILLING GAS TANKS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW HOLNESS, PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA, SAYING: "Some people will resist. What we want to do is get our citizens to comply in their own interest which would certainly save resources having to be deployed in a time of emergency when it will be difficult to respond." VARIOUS OF OCEAN FRONT VARIOUS OF BOATS AT SEA
- Embargoed: 16th October 2016 22:21
- Keywords: Hurricane Matthew Kingston Jamaica Prime Minister
- Location: KINGSTON, JAMAICA
- City: KINGSTON, JAMAICA
- Country: Jamaica
- Topics: Environment,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA001526AXXJ
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- Story Text: Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Saturday (October 1) said some Jamaicans will resist evacuation orders and urged them to prepare for what is projected to be the largest hurricane to threaten the Caribbean country in nearly thirty years.
"Some people will resist," said Holness when asked about pending evacuation orders for low lying parts Jamaica's southern coast.
"What we want to do is get our citizens to comply in their own interest which would certainly save resources having to be deployed in a time of emergency when it will be difficult to respond," he added.
Holness made the comments to Reuters after a meeting with officials at Jamaica's Infrastructure Ministry in Kingston.
"What we have control over is our ability to prepare. We hold firm in the view that preparation can reduce loss of life and property," Holness said.
Matthew, the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007, was forecast to make landfall as a major storm on Monday on Jamaica's southern coast, home to the country's capital, Kingston, and its only oil refinery. It could also affect tourist destinations such as Montego Bay in the north.
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