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Thursday, April 03, 2003 - The OECS Emergency Recovery & Disaster Management Project is reporting success in a number of the initiatives implemented as it goes into its final year.

The project which is multifaceted is being implemented in conjunction with several government agencies. Among the major achievements are the Hewanorra Airport Flood Protection Works, the construction of the Marc bridge to assist farmers in that community and the reconstruction of the Caico Bridge in Millet.

Deputy Project Coordinator, Cheryl Mathurin indicated that retrofitting work is now underway at some 16 schools which have been earmarked to serve as Emergency Shelters. Mathurin say the Project has been able to acquire Metallic Bridges and Gabion baskets for the Ministry of Communications and Works as well as Emergency and Communications equipment for the Meteorological department of that ministry.

“Right now we have on-going the installation to serve for disaster mitigation and we have completed some work at St. Lawrence and Barre St.Joseph. With regards to the Met. Department of the Ministry of the Ministry of Communications and Works, we’ve procured Ham Weather Radio Systems and a GVAR, which is a Weather Satellite Receiving Station, capable of supplying information on early storm warnings and Hurricane tracking,” Mathurin said.

According to the Deputy Director both systems are operating and were used during the passage of Hurricane Lily. The Ham Radios are installed at Beausejour in Gros Islet, Buton in Soufriere and Moule-a- Chique in Vieux Fort. The project also recently received a local Flood Warning System. Met. Officers are in the process of being trained in its installation and operations. This new system will also be utilised by the Ministry of Agriculture.

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