DOMINICA – Venezuela donates 300 houses

ROSEAU –– Venezuela has donated 300 houses, known as “petrocasas”, to Dominica to go towards those affected by Tropical Storm Erika and the president of that country, Nicholas Maduro, is expected to visit Dominica to symbolically hand one over.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said today that on the weekend the structure for one of the houses was brought to Dominica.

Material for a petrocasa being unloaded in Dominica over the weekend
Material for a petrocasa being unloaded in Dominica over the weekend

“We expect the president of Venezuela to come to Dominica on Saturday where we will have the symbolic handing over of this one home, but of course, making a pronouncement on the 300 hundred homes that will be built for those affected by Tropical Storm Erika,” he stated.

He said the first 50 houses were expected to be in the country in the next couple of weeks and the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Housing would advise cabinet how and where they would be erected.

“So we trying to move as quickly as possible,” Skerrit said.

A model of a petrocasa.
A model of a petrocasa.

Petrocasas are Venezuelan family houses built in mass production and are largely used in rural areas under the South American country’s public housing programme. They are made from PVC materials produced by the country’s oil industry, hence the name petrocasa (oil house). They can be built in ten to 12 days.

Source: (Dominica News Online)

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