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More post-storm financial support for Saint Lucia
Published on January 7, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The United Kingdom has pledged EC$500,000 in immediate support to Saint Lucia, to assist in recovery efforts following the Christmas storm that devastated the island. In addition, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, James Chang, on Monday presented a cheque for US$200,000 to Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony for humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the storm.

The UK money will be made available to UNDP to assist in agreed recovery efforts in Saint Lucia.

This was disclosed to Anthony, who met Alan Duncan, Minister for International Development of the United Kingdom, who was traveling back to the UK after a short vacation in the Caribbean. Anthony met the British minister at Hewanorra International Airport.

Duncan said it was extremely important that he returned to Saint Lucia to convey the regards of his prime minister and government and to assure Saint Lucia of the full support of the United Kingdom in such a difficult period. During his meeting with Anthony, Duncan expressed regret over the loss of life and homes and pledged further long term assistance to help Saint Lucia rebuild its infrastructure.

Anthony took the opportunity to brief the British minister on the impact of the trough on Saint Lucia and updated him on the progress to return normalcy to the island.

The prime minister also expressed gratitude to Duncan and his government for their consideration and assistance to the people of Saint Lucia.

Meanwhile, the Taiwanese ambassador extended heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families of those who died in the disaster, and hoped that “things would be back to normal soon”.

Chang commended the relevant agencies for their outstanding work with the restoration works that have already been initiated.

“We are glad to learn that substantial restoration has been made on water and electricity supplies. Telecommunications is back. The north to south traffic is restored and most of the debris has been cleared from affected schools and hospitals,” the Ambassador said.

For his part, Anthony thanked the people and government of Taiwan for their generous donation, adding that Saint Lucia is facing a difficult fiscal situation and every donation mattered.

Anthony said the assistance will be given to those who deserve it, noting that the hundreds who are most affected are among the very poor within society.

“We need to be sure that those who are affected are the ones who are the beneficiaries,” said the prime minister. “NEMO and the Red Cross have a very critical role to play in helping us identify those households.”

In closing, Anthony requested that Chang convey the gratitude of the people of Saint Lucia to his government.
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