PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has called on the Saint Lucian community to respond generously and empathetically to the needs of those who have been displaced and affected by the Soufriere fire.
The initial assessment by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) indicates that six dwelling houses were completely destroyed and one was partially damaged. Six commercial buildings were also completely destroyed while four businesses were partially destroyed. As a result ten families are now homeless and several are unemployed.
Dr. Anthony has appealed to all to respond to a call to bring comfort and relief to those affected.
According to the Prime Minister, “The loss is immense and requires a collective response. There is a great need for basic items such as food and clothing.”
The Prime Minister added, “The Government will assist families to rebuild their homes. This, of course, will be after the assessments by the Saint Lucia Fire Service to determine the value of the properties and its contents. In the interim, the needs are great. I call on all Saint Lucians to give generously, so we can bring comfort to those affected.
“We must also consider that quite apart from losing all their possessions, many families are now on the breadline because businesses were destroyed. They too, have needs that can be met through our collective efforts.”
Relief efforts are being coordinated through Mr. Cyril Saltibus, National Volunteer Coordinator. Mr. Saltibus can be reached via telephone at 484-3244 or email [email protected]
Prime Minister Anthony visited the affected families and the site of the fire on Friday, October 23, 2015.
The Prime Minister praised the Saint Lucia Fire Service and the citizens of Soufriere for their quick response to the fire.