Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has said the quality of life among residents has ‘remarkably improved’ since the hurricanes.
He made the statement this week while noting the degree of progress across the islands.
For starters, the Premier said only 36 persons were still in shelters at the start of February.
He also noted that 60 percent of insured residents have received payouts so far.
As for water restoration on the island of Tortola, Dr Smith said 95 percent of potable water has been restored to the eastern zone and 100 percent to the central zone.
“The Capoons Bay plant has been brought online and residents should begin receiving water [in the western zone] shortly,” Dr Smith said. He did not mention progress on the sister islands.
“The sewerage network in Road Town is largely functional and backup generators are to be installed to supply power when there is a power outage,” he added.
The Premier also confirmed reports that electricity will be fully restored in the territory by March.
According to Dr Smith, 75 percent of overall telecommunications infrastructure has been repaired.
Healthcare, education, and beaches
While local clinics are being repaired, the Premier said the territory’s main medical facility, Peebles Hospital, is fully operational.
“All of our children are back in school, and we are at the design stage of the repair and rebuilding of our education infrastructure,” the Premier added.
He also said all local beaches are now restored and usable, adding that 70 percent of public spaces have been cleared of debris.
The Premier further noted that ‘vulnerable residents’ continue to receive housing and financial assistance from his government.
“While there are many persons still to receive some essential services, it is safe to say that the general quality of our lives has remarkably improved over the past six months,” the Premier said.
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