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Hurricane Sandy’s damage in Jamaica

Some of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in Jamaica. (Jamaica Gleaner) Hurricane Sandy removed the roof from this house in Drewsland, St Andrew. (Jamaica Gleaner) Water water everywhere. (Jamaica Gleaner)

Thu, October 25, 2012 - 9:07 AM

Hurricane Sandy barrelled into Jamaica yesterday and left hours later with damage estimated at several billion dollars in its wake.

At least one person died as a result of the hurricane. The police say the resident of Bedward Gardens in eastern St Andrew was killed after a boulder rolled on to a house.

Last night, as the Category 1 hurricane made its exit from the island, Stephen Shaw, manager of communications and customer service at the National Works Agency, said it is too early to determine the extent to which the country's infrastructure has been affected.

"We would have got significant damage in some areas it would appear, but the picture will become much clearer tomorrow (today)," Shaw said.

For more than 24 hours, rain associated with Sandy covered the country with some residents being forced to move into the emergency shelters.

Some residents in flood-prone areas heeded the advice of the authorities and moved into the emergency shelters, but many ignored the warnings leaving themselves at risk. (Jamaica Gleaner)

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