Government Continues to Assist Affected Families following a Trough System on Shopping Day 2013

Acting Prime Minister Honourable Reginald Austrie

Acting Prime Minister Honourable Reginald Austrie

Acting Prime Minister Honourable Reginald Austrie says Government is continuing to assist affected families of the trough system that negatively affected the country on December 24th 2013.

He said the Government, who promised assistance to these families has begun making payments and has supplied building materials for homes that were damaged by the flooding and landslides.

“We have finalized and compiled a list and should have started payments for the household items that some of the people lost”, he noted.

Eighteen families in the Roseau south constituency were affected by flash flooding as well as a few businesses.

Mr. Austrie noted, the weather system taught us a few lessons, including being aware of our environmental practices, deforestation and where we build along dead water courses.

According to the Minister, the river could be dead for fifty years and just spring up and reclaim its course, so the blockage of our waterways, our drainage systems, our rivers and ravines is not acceptable.

He added, based on what he saw, what was particularly responsible for almost ninety percent of the damage done by the river, was the issue of water ways blocked by stones and wood; some of which were man-made.

It was reported by Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit that the Government estimates the cost of the clean-up to be in excess of eight hundred and thirty-two thousand dollars, while rehabilitation of roads will be in the region of over forty-five million dollars.

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