Member of Parliament for the Salisbury Constituency, Hector John, has expressed disappointment that the government of Dominica for reportedly ignoring the plight of villagers from Coulibistrie following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika in 2015.
Speaking on Q95’S ‘Talk on the Block,’ John said that nothing has been done in terms of reconstruction in the village.
“Coulibistrie has been totally ignored,” he said. “Right now you have people from Coulibistrie who live around the river; Canal, and lower down by the bridge, the bridge that was destroyed; that was the only bridge that they have crossing into the village, and they (government) have not done anything on it.”
He added the village is in need of infrastructure such as retaining walls and he has spoken to many ministers including “the person in charge of relocation” but “we are not seeing anything happening.”
John described that matter as “sad” considering that the village was named disaster zone and the “second hardest hit” by Erika.
He noted that a number of officials from the region visited Coulibistrie after the ravages of Erika but no progress has been made.
“In Coulibistrie you had the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Prime Minister of Grenada and other officials – everybody came down to Coulibistrie – and yet still, we are not hearing anything happening with the people of Coulibistrie, any support, the government has not held a meeting for two years,” he stated.
He listed other areas of concern for Coulibistrie including the police station, and the bridge on the highway “close to the Catholic church” which he described as a “hazard.”
However, John expressed satisfaction at the fact that “one or two” persons have been rehoused in Plat Ma Pierre but there is still great room for improvement.
He promised that he will continue to advocate the plea of the people and hopes that government meets with the villagers “very soon” and give ear to their plights.
“Have an interaction with them, let them vent, let them express themselves, and have an idea what is happening in Coulibistrie,” he remarked.