DOMINICA – Monument to be erected for Erika victims
ROSEAU –– Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that his government will erect a monument to honour victims of Tropical Storm Erika.
He made that statement while addressing the nation on Friday afternoon on the eve of the 1st anniversary of the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
Tropical Storm Erika devastated the island on August 27, 2015, causing several deaths, infrastructural damage and forcing some residents to evacuate their homes.
“I said a year ago and I reiterate now that the government shall erect a monument to honour victims of Erika,” he said. “This will be done, when once we have returned a greater sense of normality to the lives of those displaced and most affected.”
He continued, “In the meantime, let us use the powerful weapon and armour of prayer, to their honour and relief.”
According to Skerrit, one year later after the August 27th storm, Dominica is again challenged and charged with the responsibility of building-back-better.
“Let us use this weekend to memorialize those who we lost, pray for those still afflicted or displaced, pray that our nation will be spared during this hurricane season and, very importantly, recommit to the task of building Dominica, better,” he stated.
He went on to say, “We are not yet where we would wish to be, in terms of the rebuilding effort, but I am sure all would agree, that our progress has been remarkable and we are on course to building-back-better, our beloved nature isle.”
The Prime Minister noted that the process of rebuilding is not one that can be rushed and said the reality is that replacing and rebuilding the entire damaged infrastructure and resettling displaced persons, is a mammoth task.
“This Government is determined to build a stronger more resilient Dominica. This concept will be applied to our construction practices, and very importantly, to architectural and engineering designs,” he stated. “There will be greater emphasis placed on environmental issues and this will be appropriately reflected in our overall national land use policy. Simply put, we will build to create a more secure future for current and future generations from any and all eventualities, down the road.”