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JLP postpones Half-Way-Tree rally
Observer Reporter
Tuesday, October 01, 2002



THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) yesterday postponed its mass rally that was planned for Half-Way-Tree Square, due to the persistent and heavy rains from Hurricane Lili.

It was the third time the party was forces to postpone the rally because of the unstable weather conditions affecting the island.

"The infrastructure has failed, as evidenced by reports of blocked drains, collapsed bridges and roadways and impassable fording. Additionally, loss of power and contaminated water supply, uncovered roads, landslides and rock slippage continue to jeopardise our safety.

"We cannot guarantee the safety of our supporters travelling over long distances and are asking that they remain in their constituencies and assist in any relief effort required," the JLP said in a statement.

At the same time, the party urged the government to, as a matter of urgency, sanitise the water supply to prevent any epidemic outbreak and to make the necessary emergency repairs to prevent any further personal damage and loss of life from the floods.