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Jamaica

Major Clive Davis
Director General
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)

2-4 Haining Road,
Kingston 5,
Jamaica

Tel: (876) 906 - 9674/5
Fax: (876) 754 - 3229
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.odpem.org.jm

 

Synopsis of Jamaica

Location: 18 15 N, 77 30 W
Area: 10,991 km2 (land=10,831 km2; water=160 km2)
Coastline: 1,022 km
Climate: Tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior
Terrain: Mostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain
Lowest Point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
Highest Point: Blue Mountain Peak 2,256 m
Natural Resources: Bauxite, gypsum, limestone
Natural hazards: Hurricanes (especially July to November)
Environmental issues: Heavy rates of deforestation; coastal waters polluted by industrial waste, sewage, and oil spills; damage to coral reefs; air pollution in Kingston results from vehicle emissions
Population: 2,713,130 (July 2004 est.)
Ethnic groups: Black 90.9%, East Indian 1.3%, white 0.2%, Chinese 0.2%, mixed 7.3%, other 0.1%

 

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