Govt to handover 18 climate resilient homes in Kalinago Territory

The government of Dominica will hand over 18 housing units in Kalinago Territory on Thursday morning. The handover ceremony will be hosted at the Salybia Primary School at 11:30 a.m.

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Climate Resilient Housing Unit constructed by Government of Dominica (PC - Facebook account of Melissa Skerrit)

The government of Dominica will hand over 18 housing units in Kalinago Territory on Thursday morning. The handover ceremony will be hosted at the Salybia Primary School at 11:30 a.m.

Minister for Housing and Urban Development Melissa Skerrit said that their aim is to promote the social and economic well-being of the citizens by facilitating reasonable and affordable housing facilities.

She said the climate-resilient homes will be handed over in units at Touna, Concord, Mahaut River, Gaulette River and St Cyr. 

Notably, Dominica is on a mission to build over 5,000 climate-resilient homes and become the World’s first climate-resilient nation. In order to turn their vision into a reality, over 1,500 climate-resilient homes have been built by the Government of Dominica.

The purpose behind the construction of Climate-resilient houses is to ensure the protection of the natives by providing them hurricane-free homes. These houses are being built with the motive to minimize the possibilities of unforeseen risks.

Natural Disasters in Dominica

In 2015, Dominica faced one of the most destructive and dangerous natural disasters, “ Tropical Storm Erika”, which created disruptions all over the country and led to the loss of many lives.

Not only this, the island had dealt another devastating tragedy in 2017 as Dominica was brutally hit by another natural disaster, “Hurricane Maria,” which created a straight-out damage to the island’s 226% of GDP. 

To prevent the disastrous effects of natural disasters, the Government of Dominica has brought out a revolution in the housing facility on the island. 

Even the PM, Roosevelt Skerrit, in one of his speeches, stated that “The Dominica Housing Revolution is more than just a housing programme. It is a social and economic development program. It is about building communities and creating a brighter future for all Dominicans”.  

In order to ensure the safety of the natives and islands from such unanticipated tragedies, 18 houses are to be officially allocated to the beneficiaries at Kalinago Territory. These houses are to be provided to the people free of cost. 

With this step, the government plans to make sure that the natives don’t have to undergo the same problems which they have gone through before.