Nearly 10,000 hurricane-impacted homes assessed
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Jan 11, 2017
Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said on Monday that the door-to-door assessments of homes impacted by Hurricane Matthew are “virtually complete, and nearly 10,000 assessments have been conducted”.
In a communication to Parliament, Gibson, the national coordinator for hurricane relief efforts, said the government has awarded contracts worth just over $3.2 million to cover labor costs and supplies.
“This was truly a mammoth task, particularly on New Providence and Grand Bahama,” he said.
The storm caused an estimated $600 million in damage, according to the government.
The government is focused on getting the country back on track, said Gibson, noting that more than $10 million has been spent on clearing debris on New Providence alone.
“The cleanup of debris has been an enormous, challenging and expensive task, but it is nearing completion,” he said.
“In New Providence, $10 million was paid for cleanup activities up to December. The cost in Grand Bahama up to December was close to $1 million.
“The estimated cost to clean up in North Andros is just under $300,000.
“In Central Andros, the estimated cost is almost $40,000.”
Parliament passed a resolution in October to borrow up to $150 million to help cover the cost of relief efforts related to Matthew and Joaquin, which affected the southern islands in 2015.
It is still unclear how many people have been affected by Matthew.
Gibson is expected to provide a further breakdown of expenditure and relief efforts associated with the storm when the House of Assembly meets on January 18.