The massive floods caused by a weather trough on November 6 have led to causing destruction of material possessions of over 300 households in the worst affected areas which includes, Corinth Estate, Gros-Islet and Bexon.
Immediately after the trough, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Phillip J Pierre released EC $200,000 to the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) to empower its post-disaster response, and also provides affected households with the emergency supplies.
After the consultations with the Cabinet ministers, PM Pierre took steps to facilitate extra help for the households that were following a comprehensive damage assessment report compiled by NEMO.
The report has shown that most of the victims were not properly insured during the time of the storm.
At the request of the PM, EC $800,000 was provided to the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF) for the purpose of providing extra financial support to the households & families who lost their possessions because of the flood damage caused due to the trough.
Notably, the affected households on December 22 were each given a cheque of EC $2500, from the SSDF. This timely intervention, actioned by PM Pierre and support by the Cabinet Ministers, was generated in less than two months after the flood.
PM Phillip J Pierre takes this chance to encourage the public to spare a compassionate thought for the dispossessed & less fortunate people and to embrace the spirit of Christmas, which is to spread blessings, and work together as a community as well as a nation.