CDB to assist with remeial work on the West Coast

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:53 AM

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St. George's, Grenada, 10 June, 2011: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing approximately EC$2 million to pay for infrastructural rehabilitation works in St. John and St. Mark.

The two west coast parishes suffered heavy infrastructural damage in April from rains that flooded homes, businesses and streets, and also resulted in significant losses to the agricultural and fishing sectors.

Cecil Harris, Chief Technical Officer in the Ministry of Works, said the CDB funds are expected to be disbursed in about two months. It will cover clean­up work; the repairing of two public washrooms; and the building of retaining walls.

After the west coast floods, the government declared St. John and St. Mark "Local Disaster Areas,'' and requested assistance from the CDB.

As a follow up to the request, a two­man CDB delegation visited Grenada earlier this week to examine the possibility of supporting some of the reconstruction work planned for St. Mark and St. John. Sites visited include the Lance, Brothers, Mt. Millette, Clozier and Waltham.

The CDB team consisted of a disaster risk management specialist and an operations manager.

Yuri Chakalall, the disaster risk management specialist, said the visit was designed to examine damage to the affected areas to determine whether they qualified for financing in accordance with the bank's Disaster Management Strategy and Operational Guidelines.




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