Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves is asking 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 government works on a plan to rebuild homes in these areas.
According to Prime Minister Gonsalves 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 twenty-Seven houses in the area.
Meanwhile, in Orange Hill, 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 Government has ordered a significant amount of material which he says 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 government is committed to ensuring that homes are re-built using the best standards.
The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines also continues the sea defense project in Sandy Bay, which costs forty million(40M) dollars and is funded through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).