Negligence from government departments has caused multiple bags of cement that were donated to the territory after the hurricanes to go to waste.
The bags of cement were left in the open at the festival grounds in Road Town, which is the designated holding area for donations to the British Virgin Islands.
Several bags of uncovered cement hardened after being exposed to unfavourable weather elements such as rain.
The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and the Ministry of Health and Social Development are said to have joint responsibility for the area and its contents.
Cement and other building materials were donated to help rebuild local dwellings and buildings that were damaged by the hurricanes.
According to a Situation Analysis presented by the DDM after the hurricanes, more than 4,000 houses were either damaged or destroyed.
A number of property-owners who the government has described as ‘underinsured’ and ‘vulnerable’ were relying on donations such as cement to help rebuild their homes.
News of the waste of building resources comes at a time when the government is scrambling to generate funds to finance the territory’s recovery.
The National Democratic Party administration said it plans to borrow several millions and solicit grants from other donors for the rebuild.
Telecoms company Digicel is among the donors who gave several tonnes of cement last October.
BVI News inquiries revealed that the DDM is responsible for securing the items while the Ministry of Health is responsible for distribution.
Below are photos of the wasted cement captured by BVI News:
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