PM Browne says country ready to rebuild after TS Gonzalo

Photo 1: The clean-up effort in the wake of Tropical Storm Gonzalo began Monday afternoon. A backhoe is seen here clearing debris from Sir George Walter Highway (photo by Kyle Christian).
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Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he is confident the nation can quickly recover from the damage caused by Tropical Storm Gonzalo and he called on residents to band together in the clean-up effort.

“This is one of the perennial problems that we have had. We have repeated damage to infrastructure, damage to property, damage to tree crops.

“It’s just one of the areas of vulnerability that makes our job of advancing the country that more difficult,” the prime minister said.

Browne assured, however, that there would be a relief programme instituted immediately to assist those who would have suffered from the storm.

“Immediately after the passage of the storm you would expect that you would have a complete national response and that individuals would volunteer to assist in clearing the communities of debris and trees that have fallen etc,” Browne said.

The prime minister added that it was important to signal to the international community Antigua & Barbuda will be open for business following the passage of Gonzalo.

I am sure, based on previous responses, that we have the capacity to, literally, clean up the country in a matter of hours, to restore the island to normalcy and to ensure that we are open for business,” Browne said.

He added that government has alerted the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) of the situation.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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