The Government says it will investigate way of bringing from St. Lucia 200 metres of Bailey bridge that should have arrived on a French naval vessel on Friday.
The vessel, Dumont D’urville came to St. Vincent with disaster relief items but could not transport the Bailey bridge because of size constraints.
“We are going to very swiftly investigate ways to bring those very important bridges from St. Lucia and to get the other bridges that we have ordered from other sources, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, so that people can traverse some of the rivers that lost bridges,” Gonsalves said.
Fourteen bridges were destroyed during the passage of a low-level trough system on Christmas Eve, which left EC$330 million in damage, in addition to nine persons dead and three missing. A further 14 bridges were damaged.
The relief items on-board the ship were donated by the government and companies in Martinique and Vincentian associations in Barbados.
“Anytime you have a humanitarian crisis and a brotherly friendly nation can come by from just up the chain with 20 tonnes of supplies, it is a moment for us to celebrate our relations and celebrate our brotherhood as Caribbean people and citizens of the world,” Gonsalves said.