SVG Budget 2012

17 families still in shelter after April flood

Seventeen families are still in emergency shelters after the heavy rains in April 2011, which left EC$100 million in damage to infrastructure, agriculture, and housing (Internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Seventeen families are still in emergency shelters almost one year after they were displaced by flash floods last April.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement during his budget speech on Monday but did not say why the families have are yet to return to their homes.

However, Gonsalves’ press secretary, Hans King, said on radio Thursday that getting the families out of the shelters has taken longer than the government anticipated.

“I don’ try to defend things too much and I don’t try to make excuses. I think that the people should have been out of the shelter,” he said during a call to a radio programmes, adding that Gonsalves also feels the same way.

“But sometime things don’t always work out as you plan,” he said.

King said that there are decisions to be made regarding whether the families’ homes should be repaired and have them return to the homes in the area where the flooding took place or whether new homes should be built for them.

“And building a new home ain’t going take overnight. We all know that. So there has been some dealing in getting the people out of the shelters,” he said.

In April 2011, torrential rains and landslides caused physical damage to roads, bridges, rivers, and houses in a concentrated area in the north east of St. Vincent particularly in the Caratal and Basin Hole areas.

The damage has been estimated in excess of EC$100 million, according to Gonsalves.

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8 thoughts on “17 families still in shelter after April flood

  1. Own the government, own the shelters. Remember Gonslaves and his woman had a nice Christmas holiday, you can’t expect everyone to be able to eat at the trough.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    sorry done it again misspelled his name.

    Posted by Peter | January 13, 2012, 16:57
  2. Peter do you think that some civil servants are being overpaid for doing just a little, while some are being underpaid for doing a lot? If you agree to this question then do you feel that overpayment to Public employees could have been used towards repairing or building homes for these 17 families? Furthermore,I heard that the Prime Minister currently makes about $18K/mth. In 2007 I heard it was about $10K/mth. Do you have the exact statistics on these numbers? Peter overpayment to particular employees is an example of abuse of Government funds. If this is the case in SVG then this is one area where you should advise your party and leader to emphasize.
    Always
    Foreign Base. Neut&indep
    Prof-Das

    Posted by Danniel8 | January 13, 2012, 23:46
  3. Dear Prof, I am not a party man, I belong to no party or am I affiliated in any way. I just hate how SVG was hijacked by a bunch of Marxist’s, sold out to the MLN by old man Beache. If that hadn’t of happened Gonsalves would still be in the closet.

    Of course some of the old timers that got Gonsalves into office are now reaping their rewards, being overpaid for doing nothing.

    This is a Marxist scum government.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | January 14, 2012, 12:35
  4. Sad, how much does the PM require to repair his roof, purchase a new automobile and construct new security facilities? How much do surrogates such as King receive? As I understand it the lands are there, but the structures need serious repairs.

    On another note, I personally made the trek to “Soca Relief”, a highly marketed event which was graced by most of the top-tier local entertainers coalescing around a noble cause. As i understand it however, the organizers behind the show did absolutely nothing to help the people, it represents one of the biggest scamps which went under the radar.

    Posted by vincentsvg | January 15, 2012, 07:01
  5. VINCENTSVG, what Gonsalves failed to tell the people until a couple of days ago, the roof was damaged by fire. Perhaps if the house was insured we would not have to foot the repair bill. Gonsalves should pay for the repairs himself. Its another of his public failings, at our expense.

    The details of this fire only came out because it was being whispered on the street, and talked about in the circles of those in the know.

    I think Gnsalves is totally useless, stupid and out of control, the public need to rein him in and put him in his place, he’s becoming a bigger liability by the day.

    If the other ULP MP’s had not been chosen from the dunce class by Gonsalves, they would out him and appoint a new Prime Minister, its within their powers to do so. That is why Gonsalves got rid of all the old guard and gave them well paid jobs and appointments, he felt insecure with them in parliament. With all the new idiots he says jump, and they say how high massa.

    You see how hiding the truth is little more than telling a barefaced lie.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | January 15, 2012, 11:12
  6. AH SHAME THAT AFTER 2 YRS PEOPLE STILL LIVING IN SHELTERS , ITS AH SIN ON THE ULP PARTY, BUT THEN AGAIN IF GONSALVES TREATING HIS OWN VOTING COWS SO ,HOW WILL HE TREAT THE REST OF US? FIGURE THAT OUT.

    Posted by UNITY FOR SVG | January 15, 2012, 11:53
  7. From the comments I am seeing here, it seems as if you guys have no clue as to the damages caused by the April floods which followed Hurricane Thomas at the end of October the previous year. Has anyone of you gone to the area since? I really don’t think you can say YES. Do you guys really know the cost to clean up and rebuild these areas?? Remember things don’t always work out as planned!!!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | January 20, 2012, 22:07
  8. No we don’t know what the cost was or exactly how much was collected. I have heard the figure of 200 million recieved, I cannot for the life of me believe that amount was spent. Perhaps the figures are wrong, but that is the fault of this governments secretive policies.

    You see in the past when the volcano went off, every cent recieved and every giver named was listed and printed in the Vincentian news paper. There was absolute transparency. That kind of behaviour has long been forgotten. Everyone new what was being done and the cost.

    Time to be forthright and keep the public honestly informed.

    Gonsalves treats Vincentians like mushrooms, keep them in the dark and feed them horse sh.t

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SUPHUR

    Posted by Peter | January 22, 2012, 18:46

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