8 dead, 16 missing after Tropical Storm Nicole

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The official death toll in Jamaica from Tropical Storm Nicole stands at eight after six more people were killed in separate incidents in St Andrew and St Catherine.


Another 16 persons have been reported missing and are feared dead.
Listed among the dead are three men who were crushed to death in Norbrook Heights, St Andrew, and two men, believed to be of unsound mind, who were washed away by strong currents in Havendale, St Andrew.


A five-year-old girl also died in in Christian Pen, St Catherine, after a tree fell on her house, forced inside and killed her in bed.
The victims of the Norbrook Heights incident are Anthony Parnell, Denzel Malcolm and his nephew, Ryan Malcolm.


The two other male victims have not been identified.
Ryan Malcolm, Denzel Malcolm and Parnell were killed when a section of a retaining wall they constructed several months ago collapsed on to a shed made from ply board and zinc while they slept inside.


The shed was built as a sleeping area for the men, who were reportedly contracted to build a five-storey house at the Rainbow Crescent premises.


Police Commissioner Owen Ellington visited the scene, but declined to say much insisting that the investigation is still in the preliminary stages.


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