Regional Teams to Join Barbuda Rebuilding Programme

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Wednesday 14th February, 2018 – Government is to receive assistance in the re-building of Barbuda in the form of manpower.

The National Officer of Disaster Services (NODS) announced on Wednesday that a 25-member regional team is expected by next week. A 12-member Jamaican delegation and 13 persons from the Regional Security System (RSS) will join a ten-member Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force team that is already carrying out work in Barbuda along with local contractors.

NODS says focus is now being placed on homes categorized as Levels One and Two – those that received minor damage, public buildings and properties belonging to persons who work in the critical services namely teachers, airport staff, among others. A total of 82 houses have been repaired.

Meanwhile, Operations Officer within the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Major Alando Michael says clean-up of the properties on Barbuda continues. Electricity has been restored to several homes after they were assessed and then verified by APUA. The Sir Mc.Chesney George Secondary School has been re-opened and caters for 58 primary and secondary students.

Major Michael says work has commenced on repairing Antigua Commercial Bank, which is expected to become operational this week.

In addition, security personnel are now operating from the airport and customs and immigration are expected to be installed shortly. The River Dock is also opened to the ferry, small cargo vessels and barges.