The British Virgin Islands’ recovery is less advanced than other countries that were also affected by the September 2017 hurricanes, a representative from the Caribbean Branch of the International Council on Archives (CARBICA) has said.
Paper conservation expert Valérie Martens-Monier recently concluded a damage survey on buildings and records collections in the territory and will present a report on her assessment in the coming weeks.
She said she did similar assessments in St Martin and Dominica, and has concluded that the BVI is in worst condition than those hurricane-ravaged nations.
Martens-Monier said a considerable amount of cars, buildings, and road infrastructure are still in need of repairs in the territory.
BVI’s nature is struggling
She said even nature in the BVI is taking longer to bounce back than in other countries.
“I find the nature is still pretty much struggling to get back. I’ve seen nature take over faster on other islands where there is more water.”
However, the CARBICA expert said the territory’s slower pace of recovery is not a sign that the BVI has not been proactive.
“I wasn’t there (in the BVI) exactly after the storm so I wouldn’t say you didn’t do enough. But I can imagine if you were that far (behind) it’s also because the extent [of the damage] was much larger [than other countries].
Martens-Monier visited the territory on April 14 and departs today, April 20
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