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Duguid: Repairs for all


Duguid: Repairs for all
This tree at St Thomas Parish Church, which split in two, was yet to be removed yesterday. (Pictures by Lennox Devonish.)

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Minister of Housing and Lands Dr William Duguid says he will not rest until every house affected by the passing of a freak weather system on Thursday has been repaired.

Duguid, who is heading the new Storm Response Unit, told the Saturday Sun a team was in the field yesterday continuing the assessment of damaged houses.

Duguid: Repairs for all
Shawn Parris surveying the damage to his neighbour’s house at Lion Castle, St Thomas, on Thursday. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)


“Today [yesterday] I would have instructed the Barbados Defence Force, the Urban Development Commission, the Rural Development Commission, National Housing Corporation and Ministry of Transport Works and Maintenance, who have all been assigned either houses to be repaired or houses to be totally reconstructed,” he said.

During a nationally televised press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that at least 46 houses had been reported as damaged. Accompanied by Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams, Duguid, Minister in the Ministry of Water Resources Charles Griffith and other officials, she visited those affected on Thursday afternoon.

Duguid said some social and engineering assessments had been completed, and repair works had started on some houses. (RA)


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