first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 29 Views   one commentcenter_img LocalNews Prime Minister Skerrit outlines a long-term solution for Wednesday’s flood disaster by: – September 29, 2011 Share Prime Minister Skerrit during the site visit in Mahaut on Thursday.Prime Minister of Dominica and Minister of Finance, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that several long term measures will be adopted to avoid the reoccurrence of Wednesday’s disaster. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports along with engineers and officials from Local Government conducted site visits in rain-affected areas on Thursday morning.Several families in the Checkhall, Massacre, Mahaut and St Joseph areas lost their property as a result of floods inflicted by heavy rainfall brought on by tropical storm Ophelia.The Dominican leader said that following their assessments on Thursday, it is apparent that focus will now be placed on the construction of river defense walls as well as complete relocation for several families regarding housing.“Clearly the long-term solution to this would be in some cases, complete relocation of people and in other circumstances we will have to build river defense walls in many parts of Mahaut, Massacre and Canefield. Everybody knows that the construction of sea defense walls and river walls can be very costly.” In addition to families losing their homes, report claims that a number of vehicles were also washed away by the raging flash floods.Prime Minister Skerrit meeting villagers during a site visit on Thursday.The Minister of Finance says while the incident is an unfortunate one, it demonstrates the need for persons to pay closer attention to the location where they are building their homes. “Another point we have to look at in the present too is the location where people build their homes. Because in some cases their homes were in the original path of the ravines and the rivers and that’s something that we have to pay particular attention to. It is a beauty to live next to a river but at the same time it poses certain dangers and we have seen in a very harsh way the danger which living close the river can cause. But we are doing the assessments and we have Local Government officers going from home to home, getting the names and doing the assessments.”The Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports have already begun to assess the affected areas.Donor agencies are being called upon to assist victims since the government can only do so much.“As you know we are in a very difficult global environment financially. There is a fear that the world is going to go through a double recession; money is not easy to come by these days. Once we get a proper assessment done we shall engage our partners to see what extent they can assist. In some cases we may also be speaking about loan financing.”Skerrit said that no definite figure has been given as to the cost of damages; however it is likely to cost millions of dollars.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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