Victims of Tropical Storm Ophelia, which wrecked havoc on the island two years ago, will soon get new houses from the Chinese Government, thanks to the advocacy of the outgoing Ambassador, Wang Zonglai.
This was revealed by prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, at a farewell reception held at the Fort Young Hotel on Thursday night for ambassador Wang, who spent close to three years here.
The prime minister said those affected by Tropical Storm Ophelia will be receiving new homes.
“His Excellency always has great ideas …after the storm which affected the western coast of Dominica, his Excellency was very forthcoming with his willingness to advocate on our behalf in getting assistance,” he stated. “As a matter of fact, the government of China has committed to providing new homes … to every home that was affected as a result of Ophelia a couple years ago.”
Skerrit further stated that a new bridge will be constructed in Layou Park, an area seriously affected by Ophelia.
“And all this was as a result of the advocacy and the manifestation made by of his Excellency on behalf of the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica,” he pointed out.
During the passage of Ophelia in 2011, communities all along the island’s western coast were inundated by heavy rains. Particularly hard hit, were the communities of Canefield, Mahaut, Massacre, Layou and St. Joseph.
In October of that year, Prime Minister Skerrit said more than 170 homes from St Joseph to Checkhall were affected and that $800,000 was to be made available to the affected areas.