Assessment of the socio-economic and environmental impact of tropical storm Gustav on Jamaica

Assessment of the socio-economic and environmental impact of tropical storm Gustav on Jamaica

This report was prepared to document impact on affected population; estimate costs of damage and losses; identify geographically affected areas; and identify the financial priorities for rehabilitation and reconstruction.

As at September 19, 2008 the preliminary estimate of the damage and losses incurred by the Jamaican economy due to the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav between August 28 and 29, 2008 was $15.51 billion (US$213.99 million)1 , 2 per cent of nominal Gross Domestic Product in 2007. 

There was evidence that the country has continued to improve its handling of hazard events. However, the experiences of Tropical Storm Gustav showed that the already fragile ecosystems provided little resilience to the above normal rainfall intensity experienced during the storm. 

 

 

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