Government to assist those affected by Christmas Eve trough system

Flood photo 5
A scene of the effect of the flooding

The Cabinet of Dominica has taken a decision to assist those affected following a trough system which afflicted the island on Tuesday, December 24, 2013.

Heavy rainfall on that day caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure in the south, blocking off villages and leaving commuters stranded on their way to work or to do holiday shopping.

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit has stated that among other measures, the government will assist by providing one hundred per cent of the assessed value to repair dwelling houses damaged as a result of the heavy rain.

The assistance measures also include sixty per cent of assessed value of personal household effects destroyed by the flooding, the replacement of textbooks, stationary, uniforms and other school supplies and the provision of limited assistance to businesses which suffered damage.

Government will also pay rental cost for a limited period for those who have to be relocated.

The total clean-up cost is estimated at eight hundred and thirty thousand dollars and will include clearing of roads, drains and dredging of rivers.

Rehabilitation of infrastructure and mitigation measures are estimated at forty-five million dollars.

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50 Comments

  1. tell it like it is
    December 31, 2013

    I can’t understand y some people got to make everything political. Anybody would and should b grateful to b on the receiving end, especially in situation like this. The way u lot r bragging foolishness is like u r owed something. Grow up, stop acting like some ignorant kids.

  2. NicE n NaughtY
    December 31, 2013

    Taken a decision!things should have already been in place for freak disasters like what happened, it’s a MUST when disasters like these happen that government anywhere in the world assist it looks to me that even in such times this government is looking for some pat on the back my government this is what you all are paid for just do it.

  3. Daughter of the soil
    December 30, 2013

    I am happy to hear that the people affected will be receiving assistance. I live in Canada and is very heart broken by the damage I saw although we had our share, we were hit by an ice storm all of people are still without power.
    by heart goes out to the families who lost everything in the storm. I hope they will get the much needed assistance need to get their lives back to normal. God bless the people and country of Dominica.

    • 4CARS
      December 31, 2013

      So if you didn’t live in “Canada” your heart would not be broken? What’s the point in saying where you live? shheeee Canada my toe..

  4. 4CARS
    December 30, 2013

    They making their list and checking it twice, to see who these people voted for before they get a sheet of galvanize.

    • Osanna Mowanga
      December 30, 2013

      yes sa. well Skerrit has some money eh.
      100 percent?maybe there should be more floods so people can get houses. Do not let him fool you all.

    • Osanna Mowanga
      December 30, 2013

      The Pm’s statement is very irresponsible? Is there going to be some form of assessment? who is going to decide who needs help and how much help is received?

    • December 30, 2013

      here comes the politics we always have to think negative we are DOMINICAN.

    • Concerned
      December 30, 2013

      IT’S A SHAME YOU DECIDE TO EXPOSE YOUR IGNORANCE
      WHAT HAS VOTING GOT TO DO WITH THE DISASTER?
      YOU SHOULD BE MATURED ENOUGH TO WRITE REASONABLY..

  5. FAST N FURIOUS
    December 30, 2013

    Just being curious;Has anyone heard Lennox Linton or his disciples commend the Government on this inintiative?

    • Osanna Mowanga
      December 30, 2013

      you too sot. where in the world you ever hear government offering all that to victims? yes i agree they need help. but where is all that money coming from/ an investigation is needed.

    • Too Late
      December 31, 2013

      ummm the government is using our money to help us. whats so big about the innitiaive?

  6. UWP
    December 30, 2013

    Now that is a great initiative by the Govt. Just as we call them out on when we think that they do bad, so to we must join and commend them for a good initiative. I know most of the people and they do not have insurance. The Govt. must do their best to help. Let us all stay away from trying to score political points at this time and ensure that the victims are assisted as promised. Though I may not vote for you PM, but good humanitarian move. We need this sort of approach in DA.

  7. The SPORTS FAN
    December 30, 2013

    …A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault…PM just think of the people that need the assistance now, and do what you do best, which is find funds to help the Needy, we are confident you will…Those that spend their time looking for the faults in others, have no time to correct their own.
    Lollll, the best Footballers, cricketers and basketballers are NEVER the CRITICS. Naturally, the love of the fans go to (Messi,Ronaldo),(Tendulkar,Lara), (Jordan, Lebron, Kobe)respectively,just to name a few.

    • Young Voice
      December 30, 2013

      Good points!

      Mr skerrit is a political Genius. THE GREAT ECONOMIES of the world, America, China, Japan are all our close friends, No wonder they now want China Too. Interestingly, America cannot stand alone nor can China,or for that matter anyone else, therefore it is only wise on our part to befriend and foster close ties with these Financial Super Powers. And Skerrit is Doing that and more.

    • Light Bulb Moment
      December 30, 2013

      The more they criticize, the better skerrit does. Love is Stronger than hate, every time,everyday.

  8. power house wesley
    December 30, 2013

    WHILE THE PEOPLE AFECTED NEED ASSISTANCE AND SHOULD GET.I THINK THIS PULLING OUT THE DRAW IN THE TREASURY LIKE SANTA WITHOUT INVESTIGATING AND MAKING REASONABLE DECISIONS IS POLITICALY MOTIVATED AS EVERY OTHER DECISION MADE BY THIS GOVERNMENT. USING THE TREASURY TO SECURE VOTES

    • EH????
      December 30, 2013

      urgggggggggggg!!!! So when the people who are affected begins to complain that they are not getting help fast enough you will then formulate another blame/Game right?? Since you figure that the Gov’t needs to go through the red tape prior to helping those folks… SMH

    • concern dominican
      December 30, 2013

      you are a very selfish, self-centered and wicked piece of …… with people like you, nothing is done right. even though it is right with good intension. people like you embarrasses us Dominicans

      • tell it like it is
        December 31, 2013

        True talk

    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2014

      All capital but still posted because it’s anti-government.

  9. had cor da
    December 30, 2013

    those that suppose to get the assistance on the passing of Ophelia, when will they receive that, nw two years later a next promise. my people dnt sit and wait try to help ur self.

    remember by the sweat of thy brow thy shale eat bread.

  10. Bravococo
    December 30, 2013

    Kudos to the govt for taking the initiative to assist in a time of need. But in your haste to score political points Mr. PM, did u take time to consider that some of these people are more than capable of taking care of themselves? How about those who are covered by insurance? Will you still provide 100% assistance to them? Shouldn’t an assessment be done to determine who really needs the assistance, and what level of assistance will be needed?…Then again, this is the next level.

  11. 4CARS
    December 30, 2013

    I didn’t see that one! “100% asset value to REPAIR?”

  12. 4CARS
    December 30, 2013

    They learn their lesson late. This time around it’s “Government to assist.” Unlike other times, “I will give.” Or Skerritt will give. Now it’s the “Government will give.” From the beginning it should have been like that. Too late now. All you will learn all you lesson at the polling station on election day.

    • TELL IT AS IT IS
      December 30, 2013

      Well we have all seen how dominicans voted in the last three elections. Looks good for the Govt.

    • EH????
      December 30, 2013

      HAHAHHAAH :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Look guts! I will return to this post so you can teach me the lesson YOU learned at the polling station on the next election…hehhehehe

  13. Too Late
    December 30, 2013

    Good news. I wonder if peeping Tom, Fast N Furious (The original One) and Irma F getting hand outs from this fund.

    • FAST N FURIOUS
      December 30, 2013

      That you jealous of?What happen you went for and you didn’t get?Well come, I’ll give you some in what I get.
      Be you He or She,I think you more looking out for hand out than me.

      • Too Late
        December 31, 2013

        No fast and furious its not me looking for handouts.If i were looking for handouts I would be here carrying the red clinic flag like you.

        its these opportunities defenders of corruption like you and government officials take to swindle cash into your pockets.( the greedy)

  14. Anonymous
    December 30, 2013

    That is the patch up after the insult from the Minister of Works. Anyways that is good since most of those poor people has no insurance.

  15. Roseau South Massive
    December 30, 2013

    Great…I seriously hope you guys do this properly! Mr George good time to relocate some of those people to Charlotteville and regularize the number of squatters already there!

    Also havent heard anything about repairing King’s Hill Roads…they are in a deplorable condition! Mr Blackmore please look at those roads, Mahaut and Castle Comfort are fine, now its time to look at the other Constituencies!

    I am watching closely!

  16. Balance
    December 30, 2013

    Great initiative on the part of the Government.

  17. Spiritually thinkin.
    December 30, 2013

    Looks like the only thing D N O has been able to report on, is it because you people are politically bent that is why you all are reporting solely on this particular news item?

  18. Dominican4real
    December 30, 2013

    Good move by the government.

  19. thiny
    December 30, 2013

    Roosevelt skerrit…commander in chief….

  20. thiny
    December 30, 2013

    Minister of finance Roosevelt skerrit…..minister of finance Roosevelt skerrit….boy I have to laugh every time I hear that Tittle along eith the name………economist Alan Greenspan….secretary of treasury………it’s nice though to knoe that anyone could hold ANYPOSITION in Dominica……….

    • FAST N FURIOUS
      December 30, 2013

      Yah right!Starting wiyh your Leader Lennox Linton.

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      December 31, 2013

      Thank God for this Prime Minister and this Government. Some don’t like us to say that but they know we have to be thankful.

      They are the best and “YES THEY CARE” we see that daily. When a disaster happens they are in total control. It is by no means easy but this government know what they are about and these are the people Dominica need to be their government. Thank God for them.

      God continue your watchful eye on us we humbly pray.

  21. grell
    December 30, 2013

    then the non supportes are still going to be negative,this country the politics has gone to the lowest level,politicians are corrupt all over the world ,but the pm tries his best.

    • moi
      December 30, 2013

      he tries his best to be corrupt or has he already taken it to the next level. what more he missing friend?

  22. Respect Everyone
    December 30, 2013

    >Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

    >Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

    …while it is expected that the Government helps these people, it is unfair not to commend them when they do it. To often things are just expected rather than appreciated.

  23. Doc. Love
    December 30, 2013

    When Skeritt made the statement that Dominica was better then most, the opposition laughed at him. While St. Lucia and St. Vincent will be scrambling all over the world in order to get funds, during the month of December, we heard that Dominica will have in its treasury approximately one billion dollars E.C by 2014. Dominica received U.S. $8 million from the Chinese as a grant. According to Minister Darroux, Dominica is to receive approximately E.C. $100 million from the world bank for a climate resilience program . Approximately U.S. $300 millions in grants and loan to be sponsored by a Chinese enterprise. Also in December, we heard that Dominica had raised $20 million in treasury bills. Therefore, finding $45 million in order to help the people of Roseau South is a fete de comple, that is a piece of cake.

    • ah chow
      December 30, 2013

      and the 2 islands u mentioned has int airport…

      • Enlightened Woman
        December 30, 2013

        Which will help them how???? I suppose the people can open their wet caban to dry on the tarmac because those broke tourists will be staying home. So… get real

  24. Truth be Told
    December 30, 2013

    Thank God we have a government with a lot of money and don’t know what to do with it to develop the Dominican economy, so easy money here I come again! By the way shouldn’t their insurances pay for that? I guess the government mean those without home insurance? Anyway Skerro let the dollars flow, we know you have it!

  25. opinionated
    December 30, 2013

    Now this is how my taxes should be dispensed- helping those who really need help.

    But, I was wondering what was taking the government so long to come up with some decisions as it relates to the current situation.

    • FAST N FURIOUS
      December 30, 2013

      I’m kind of confused when you relate to your taxes because the TANMAN has you on his list as a delinquent.Are you sure you have ever contributed to the Tax System?

  26. Anonymous
    December 30, 2013

    I want to know when those affected in Dubique i a previous disaster gona get the assistannce promised to them.

    • ah chow
      December 30, 2013

      from dubique to t savanne we not on govt list

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