Member of Parliament for the Petite Savanne constituency, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, has said that the government is zeroing on a location for displaced residents of that community and that location will be disclosed soon.
He made that announcement while speaking during the Kairi FM Heng program on Monday.
The Petite Savanne was one of the hardest hit areas during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika which severely affected Dominica on August 27. A number of lives in the community were also lost.
To date, 823 residents were evacuated from Petite Savanne after the area was deemed unsafe and are housed at various locations including guest houses, the Roseau Youth Centre, while others reside with other family members.
“We are zeroing on a particular location and the technical people, the surveyors and the engineers are doing what they have to do because you will also know that we had also promised the people that whatever area we are going to take them to would have to be safer than wherever they were….,” he said. “So all the studies has to be done in terms of the vulnerability of the new proposed location. I can safely say that we are zeroing in a particular location, so pretty soon we should be disclosing to the nation and the Petite Savanne people if all goes well.”
Meantime he revealed that work is rapidly progressing with the relocation of the Dubique community. Dubique was also deemed unsafe by the authorities after Erika.
“Just yesterday evening I visited the site we located them in an area in Grandbay called Centre, a really nice piece of real estate, and as you may be well aware from the beginning we always said that we think that this is a golden opportunity to really take Dubique people to the real next level,” Dr. Darroux stated.
According to him, Dubique has been on the lower round of the economic ladder for a while and “if there is one silver lining between this dark cloud of Tropical Storm Erika would be the fact that they will be now being relocated to a safer area, and of course, their standard of living would be much better after the relocation.”
He mentioned further that there are about five to six location foundations already laid out and two petrocasas are already in the construction phase. Venezuela has promised 300 petrocasas to Dominica after Erika. Some 50 of the units have already arrived on the island and a being constructed to house the displaced Dubique residents.
The residents are expected to move to their new homes by January/February 2016.