The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing to determine the level of damage buildings around the island suffered.
Post Disaster Recovery Advisor from the UNDP, Massimiliano Tozzi, said they have been doing a comprehensive assessment of buildings and will continue for the next seven weeks during the daily press briefing on Friday 10 November 2017.
“The aim is to have a clear view of what the hurricane Maria made to the building in the island,” he said adding that the UNDP embarks on exercises such as these in various countries around the world.
Tozzi explained that it is a very important exercise as it allows a government to have a clear data on the damages that the hurricane and other kinds of disasters produce to the assets of the country.
Currently there are more than one hundred persons, mainly civil servants, who are on the ground assessing buildings around the island, in approximately twenty-seven teams.
Each team Tozzi said is equipped with tablets provided through the UNDP to the government of Dominica by Microsoft. The assessors are using an app also developed by Microsoft which helps them assess the damage on each level of the building.
The UNDP he said is hopeful that the data collected will assist the government in implanting policies that can address the problem of housing in Dominica.
“The app allows the assessor to assess the level of damage that the building has at the level of the roof, at the level of the ceiling, at the level of the walls, at the level of the floors, but also to collect some very important demographic information that will allow in the next phase to the government of Dominica to plan evidence based public policies that can better address the issue and the problems of housing in Dominica after Hurricane Maria,” Tozzi said.