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Government commissions the Jimmit Regional Emergency Shelter

by: - May 27, 2022
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L-R: Parliamentary Representative for the Mahaut Constituency, Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore, Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and Her Excellency Malgorzata Wasilewska, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, OECS and CARICOM

 

The Government of Dominica officially commissioned the Jimmit Regional Emergency Shelter yesterday. The project which was funded by the European Union, costed over EC $18 million which will house vulnerable residents of the Mahaut Constituency.

Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit stated that this shelter will enhance Dominica’s disaster mitigation and management efforts at both the local community and national levels. He also stated that the shelter will be fully stocked in preparation for natural disasters that pose a threat to the constituency.

Hon. Skerrit stated that it aims to build back better following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria in 2017, and also to aid in Dominica’s disaster risk reduction.

“More specifically, the regional hurricane shelters are furthering our country’s stated objectives to develop smart infrastructure and processes to make us the world’s first climate resilient country. Climate resilient hazards, we are aware are intensifying the world over, but more so in our region where our location and small economies make us particularly vulnerable,” the Prime Minister indicated.

Present at the commissioning of the shelter was Her Excellency Malgorzata Wasilewska, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, OECS and CARICOM. She stated that the EU is handing over this shelter that reflects the needs of the local community and the Prime Minister’s political will to respond to these needs.

“What we are really handing over to you and the Jimmit community, is a message from the people o Europe, a message of understanding and friendship, of support and cooperation, a message of common effort for a common safer future,” H.E Wasilewska expressed on behalf of the European Union.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Representative for the Mahaut Constituency, Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for this emergency shelter for his constituency.

“When the whole idea was conceptualized to construct regional shelters in the various localities, we have a number of vulnerable communities, but as the Minister I said, ‘I wanted one’,” Hon. Blackmoore stated.

He continued, “The Prime Minister could’ve said no and put it somewhere else, but of course recognizing the need therefore, one was actually placed in Jimmit, and it happens to be the biggest of the three; that is to say: Layou, Castle Bruce, and the Mahaut Constituency: Jimmit.”