$160M for emergency sea defence works between Mahaica/Mahaicony

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Government Parliamentarians Thursday afternoon voted to approve $160 million to allow for emergency repairs to the sea defence between Mahaica and Mahaicony, which if not fixed could result in a breach of the embankment.

The works are a result of a direct appeal from the Chairman of Region Five, Minister David Patterson said.

The chairman had written to the Minister of May 15 pointing out that the sea defence between the Mahaicony/Mahaicony boundary was experiencing rapid erosion. This led to overtopping at Profit and Mahaica and some remedial work was done, but the Chairman cited the need for a comprehensive plan.

The Chairman had declared that if a breach were to occur, it would be catastrophic for farming and other economic activities.

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