The community of Dubique will be the first to be permanently relocated, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced.
The southern community was evacuated days following Tropical Storm Erika on the basis it was unsafe.
The evacuees are currently being housed at different locations in Grand Bay.
Skerrit said at a press conference on last Friday that houses donated by the government of Venezeula will first go to the people of the community.
“The first 50 houses coming from the Venezuelans will go towards the resettlement of the community of Dubique,” he stated. “Fifty houses will be sufficient to resettle them, we will be using those 50 houses to resettle them.”
He did not specify where the residents will be relocated but said several areas are being looked at for them and also the residents of Petite Savanne.
“There are several sites we are looking at,” Skerrit said.
He informed that there are several acres of land available near the Pierre Charles Secondary School, some private lands in Bellevue Chopin that are being considered for acquiring and over 12 acres of land in La Plaine that are being looked at.
“So there are several areas that we are looking at for the resettlement,” Skerrit said.
Meantime the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has provided 10 two-and-three bedroom homes, with the hope of taking that number to 25 for those affected by the storm.
ADRA will construct the homes at its own cost. This is in addition to the financial contribution of Barbadian $50,000 and the Barbadian $100,000 of supplies to various communities and families, already made by the organization.
“So we really want to place on public record our gratitude and appreciation to the Seventh Day Adventists,” Skerrit said. “I think we are making progress with the resettlement.”
ADRA is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that delivers relief and developmental assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries globally.