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Many still roofless as Hurricane approaches

-Premier says monies available; process is slow
Circa October, 2017: A view of destroyed residences in Huntums Ghut and upper Road Town, which was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. Photo: Dean H. Greenaway aka 'THE SPORTSMAN'
Many still roofless as Hurricane approaches. Photo: VINO
Many still roofless as Hurricane approaches. Photo: VINO
Many families in the Territory may have to utilise shelters or seek cover with families, friends or neighbours in the likelihood of a severe storm during this hurricane season as one year after their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma , they are yet to be fixed. Photo: VINO
Many families in the Territory may have to utilise shelters or seek cover with families, friends or neighbours in the likelihood of a severe storm during this hurricane season as one year after their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma , they are yet to be fixed. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Many families in the Territory may have to utilise shelters or seek cover with families, friends or neighbours in the likelihood of a severe storm during this hurricane season as one year after their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma , they are yet to be fixed.

This, as the Virgin Islands' (VI) Department of Disaster Management (DDM), advises that residents prepare for the likely impact of Hurricane Isaac, in the coming days. 

It was estimated that over 80 per cent of homes across the Territory were either completely destroyed or badly damaged during damming 2017 hurricanes and despite the fact that the National Democratic Party (NDP) led government committed some $15M from its reserve funds to aid persons in the rehabilitation of their homes, many still have not been helped.

Reserved funds

Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), while a panelist at the Thursday, September 6, 2018, luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Tortola, conceded, the process of securing the government loan or grant is not an easy one.

“We recognize that there is still so many people who have been affect by the hurricane, who have not a cover over their heads and we had to do something about that and so we decided to allocate funds, from the reserved funds, $15M towards that process of helping people to get some form of shelter.”

Monies Available

Noting that it is the Ministry of Health and Social Development, which is responsible for this kind of operation, Premier Smith said, the money has available for some time.

“They have had a programme encouraging people to apply for these monies and its available, either in the form of grants or in the form of loans....I spoke with Minister of Health (Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton) a few days ago, he told me they have a lot of applications and gotten a lot of responses as well and people continue to apply.”

Despite many applying, the Territory’s Finance Boss said, “some of them do not meet the criteria completely and he (Hon Skelton) has also assured me that even though they do not completely meet the criteria, there are some ways of helping them.”

$5M Tranche

“Right now we have given the money in tranches, like for example we have given them the $5M and right about now they are just about ready to receive another tranche another $5M, which is being transferred as we speak, to carry on the programme,” said Premier Smith confidently.

He said that the allocation of the loan/grant serves as, “... a jumpstart to helping the people with getting back into their homes because if you don’t have a home to live, to be with your family, you can’t effectively do productive work for the Territory and we expect that as the campaign continues, more funds will come in to support the programme.”

11 Responses to “Many still roofless as Hurricane approaches ”

  • flUffy (10/09/2018, 10:19) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    What about these ruthless contractors ,who are so called fixing roofs?then the least drizzle you swimming in water ?how have we come so wicked to one another? Government sitting on monies to help the people and when they do help is their families and supporters!
  • concern (10/09/2018, 12:02) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    And Landlords are raising their rent on tenant's and are renting their apartments fully furnished for an arm and a leg.
    Some are putting out tenant's because the family living in the apartments have more than one vehicles.
    God is not sleeping he sits high and look low. Every dog have he day . People in our country is to wicked ma son.
  • Umm vino (10/09/2018, 12:14) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
    The flipping hurricane ain’t hitting us direct
  • Scared (10/09/2018, 13:21) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am concerned because I still do not see any shelter listings for Road Town and that area was hardest hit last year September. Where can we run to?
    And many persons have all kinds of things lying around their properties - including lumber, not to mention debris and scaffolding on their damaged homes. These could easily become flying missiles in the event of a(nother) hurricane.
    What if?
  • BRAD BOYNES (10/09/2018, 13:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Despite many applying, the Territory’s Finance Boss said, “some of them do not meet the criteria completely and he (Hon Skelton) has also assured me that even though they do not completely meet the criteria..
  • Shelters? (10/09/2018, 14:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Apart from New Life Baptist in Baughers Bay what are the shelters we can hunker down during a hurricane?
  • Hmm (11/09/2018, 03:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Still not seeing no improvement from DDM.. Don't kno why they see the need to continue with this department that fails over and over. I'm getting messsages on my phone from water and sewage, Public health, I'm so impress. Don't kno when last I get an update from DDM.. Thank God that lots of us can go online and get info for ourselves. Sorry for those who have to depend on DDM.
    • please (11/09/2018, 06:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Stop spreading nonsense. Have you uploaded the new DDM app? They are sending out regular updates on Isaac through a number of channels.
      • not their job (11/09/2018, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        DDM shouldn't attempt to be weather forecasters, they need to work on shelters, evacuation solutions, comprehensive alternative communication systems coverage (district satellite phones/ham radio), district emergency response units (ambulance cant travel in the aftermath). By gods grace we missed a hit this year or it would be certain disaster
  • Salaries (11/09/2018, 07:30) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    It would be good if the government paid salaries today for us to be able to at least stock up of food and water
  • Google (11/09/2018, 13:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI DDM currently has an app but not the other updatss that I've seen forwarded to me by friends so BVI DDM you can update your app with that information also


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