KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has requested residents on the Western and Northeastern sides of La Soufriere Volcano, who have been adversely affected by the explosive eruptions of La Soufriere, to be patient as the government work on a plan to rebuild homes in these areas, GOV.VC reported.
According to prime minister Gonsalves, the government has demarcated lands on the leeward end of the island and is partnering with a Non-Governmental Organisation out of Trinidad to begin construction of approximately 77 houses in the area.
Meanwhile, in Orange Hill, the government has identified eight acres of lands to which people will be moved and seven acres of privately owned lands which government will purchase, noting that these privately owned lands are in a safe area.
Prime minister Gonsalves said the government has ordered a significant amount of material which is only a first batch. He asks that Vincentians in other areas with housing needs exercise patience while government assists those affected by the explosive eruption of La Soufriere with the re-building of their homes.
The rebuilding exercise is an extensive and expensive venture and the government is committed to ensuring that homes are re-built using the best standards.
“The government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines also continues the sea defense project in Sandy Bay, which costs $40 million and is funded through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB),” said the agency for public information.