December 06 2003
Families benefit from
Chief Minister Dr. the honourable D. Orlando Smith
today reported that various households throughout Tortola and Jost Van Dyke
benefited from Government relief over the weekend. Food, sanitation
supplies and bedding were distributed to 28 families who were affected by last
month’s heavy rains and floods.
The Reconstruction Task Force has presented preliminary estimates of immediate
infrastructure rehabilitation at a cost of some $6.3m, which includes roads
A grant of $100,000 is currently being accessed from the Caribbean Development
Bank (CDB). These initial funds will be used for recruitment of
technical expertise, support for clean-up activities and implementation of
vector control measures.
The Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) has also been helpful in
partnering with the Environmental Health Department, especially in terms of
protecting the country from mosquito infestation. Fogging is currently
being conducted on Anegada and Tortola where the mosquito threat is most
prevalent. Spraying of stagnant water will soon
commence on all islands where mosquitoes appear to be breeding.
Clean up of the roads continues, but this activity is more or less complete.
Priority has been given to the major road network. Currently the Public
Works Department is paving sections of the road from Paraquita Bay to Beef
Afterwards, secondary roads will be tackled. Priority here will be areas
such as Windy Hill, Cane Garden Bay and Jost Van Dyke.
Considerable rehabilitation work has also been done in the Road Town
area. Potholes have been repaired, parking lots have been
re-furbished and the roads have been cleaned up.
The engineers from the University of the West Indies (UWI) have concluded
their site visits and they submitted an interim report of damage assessment on
roads and drainage. Their recommendations for a long-term
reconstruction/recovery plan are estimated at some $11.7M.
Finally, the Chief Minister is reminding taxi drivers to stay away from roads
in the hills and areas where clean up work is in progress. Under no
circumstances should tourists be taken to these areas.
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