United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the Roseau South constituency, Joshua Francis, has called on the people of the constituency to “stand in unity in the face of adversity,” in light of significant damage caused by severe flooding in the area.
In his statement, issued shortly after the flood, Francis expressed “profound concern” on behalf of his wife and himself “about our losses and challenges in Roseau South namely the people of Fond baron, Loubiere, Newtown, Wall House, Castle Comfort, Emshall, Eggleston, Giraudel, Kingshill, Fortune and Bath Estate, resulting from this unexpected tropical storm.”
He reminded residents of those areas that “We must be very grateful that there was no loss of life”, pointing out, “We must acknowledge, however, we have suffered severe losses as some of us have lost our houses and the contents thereof.”
Stating that one of the immediate challenges for the affected areas was to get back to normalcy, he said, “so what we need to do is to make sure that we get power restored as quickly as possible, make sure that people have clean drinking water, and waste water treatment plants are working. We should also ensure that those who have lost their houses have a resting place and warm meals to consume.”
According to the UWP hopeful for Roseau South, ” We must stand in unity in the face of adversity. We leave nobody behind. We must make sure that we respond as a Community (nation) and remind ourselves that whenever a Dominican is in need, all of us stand together to make sure that we’re providing the help that is required. This traditional ideology resonates particularly now during this Christmas season,”
Drawing on Dominica’s tradition of coudmen, neighbor helping neighbor, and resilience in the face of adversity, he urged young people of the constituency, “with the assistance of local and central government,” to volunteer immediately to clean up the debris.
“And so my commitment to the people of Roseau South, and the people of Dominica is that that same spirit of togetherness will carry over all the way through until our work is done,” Francis stated.