By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Plans are afoot to provide plumbing and utilities to residents still living in temporary houses in the territory.
Four domes costing $9,000 each were purchased for persons living in emergency shelters but did not own land. Three were distributed on Jost Van Dyke and one in West End, Tortola. Impacted persons who owned land were provided with makeshift wooden houses.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development Petrona Davies said neither the domes nor wooden facilities were equipped with washrooms, and occupants have been utilising nearby facilities in the interim.
She said sanitary facilities and utilities are now to be included in the scope of works that are to be contracted by the Recovery and Development Agency in what she said was the not too distant future.
“We have been working with these families for some time,” she explained.
Families, single occupants still in temporary housing
Davies said she did not know the overall number of persons still living in temporary housing but indicated that it is a mixture of families and single occupants.
In the meantime, the permanent secretary said other families who are in need on Anegada and Virgin Gorda will be assisted with temporary houses as well.
However, she is encouraging residents in temporary housing to seek out permanent shelters in the event of another major weather event.
“We don’t encourage anybody to ride out a hurricane in temporary housing whether it is a dome or a wooden house,” she said.
During an interview with BVI News on Wednesday, Davies explained that residents on Jost Van Dyke now have a fully-repaired emergency shelter.
She said the Church of God of Prophecy on the sister island received a grant of $63,400 to undertake the said repairs. The church is one of the emergency shelters on that island that needed repairs following the 2017 hurricanes.
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