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A construction team works on one of the houses in Fitz Hughes on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (IWN image)
A construction team works on one of the houses in Fitz Hughes on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (IWN image)
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An additional EC$21 million for the rebuilding of houses damaged in the Christmas floods will be included in supplementary estimates to be debated in Parliament on April 1 and 2.

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement Wednesday as he updated the media on the repair and reconstruction of houses after the disaster.

Gonsalves said 22 houses were under construction and work on a further eight or nine will begin soon in South Rivers.

Houses are also being built in Fitz Hughes, Cumberland, Fancy, Mt. Bentick, and South Rivers.

Gonsalves further reiterated that 10 persons are employed on the construction of each house.

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He said that the 30 houses for disaster victims are in addition to the Housing and Land Development Corporation’s (HLDC) programme, where 18 houses are being built in Green Hill and work is scheduled to begin soon on nine more.

Gonsalves said 200 people are employed already on that programme and a further 16 or 17 houses will be built in Clare Valley under the HLDC programme.

“So, there is a lot of construction work being done …” Gonsalves said.

Some 662 houses were damaged or destroyed during the passage of a trough system on Christmas Eve.

The damage and loss to housing was estimated at EC$7 million, the government has said.

2 replies on “Gov’t to allocate $21m more to build houses for disaster victims”

  1. Thank you Comrade! Thank you! Let them talk about this now..waiting for the negative vibes as usual.

  2. Peter Binose says:

    Wonderful news, but don’t forget this money is being borrowed from PetroCaribe and has to be paid back by someone.

    Building new houses for those poor people that lost there home is what one may expect from whatever government.

    Building homes for middle class people who failed to insure their homes, should be on a repay basis over a number of years.

    Building homes in those areas where a larger ULP presense is required to pad the voters in that constituency, giving such homes to ULP supporters only is where the whole thing becomes a charade.

    21 Million will build 600-800 low cost houses, so where are they going to build that number of houses?

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