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Contact:  Shannon Lebourne


Wednesday 4 May 2011  Prime Minister Honourable Stephenson King will lead a delegation on an island-wide tour, today, Thursday May 5 from 8a.m., to obtain first-hand assessment of the situation and the destruction caused by days of inclement weather which dumped inches of rainfall across the island. 


Government Press Secretary Darnley Lebourne says the tour is designed to give government an indication of what new interventions have to be made in the post Hurricane Tomas recovery plan.


“We are coming from the impact of Hurricane Tomas which is listed as the worst natural disaster in Saint Lucia`s history and the recent heavy rains is not good at all because it really exacerbates the situation and obviously government is expected to respond in situations like these. In that regard, the prime minister will be leading his delegation on a tour to the affected areas around the island.”


The Prime Minister's island-wide assessment will also involve the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Guy Joseph, Social Transformation Minister Honourable Lenard Montoute, Chief Engineer in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Lester Arnold,  and other key government officials.


The press secretary says following the tour, government will be better positioned to address the infrastructural rehabilitation needs of the country.


“A situation where we had days of rainfall would require some adjustments in terms of government`s plan in dealing with the post Hurricane Tomas rehabilitation, what we are hoping is after this assessment government can come back and give an update and look at what assessment need to be made and provide the nation with an update on that”.


The prime minister and his delegation is expected to visit several areas of concern including Marc and Bexon, the Dennery Valley, the Bare de L'isle, Magretoute in Micoud, Vieux-Fort, Soufriere and Canaries.


A team from the Government Information Service will accompany the prime minister's  touring party.

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