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National clean-up in progress after Hurricane Maria



Sandy-0Basseterre, St. Kitts, 20th September, 2017 ( - In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Governor General Sir Tapley Seaton proclaimed Wednesday, 20th September a public holiday allowing the Government to declare the day as National Clean-Up Day.


Government called for citizens and residents to do clean-up activities in their own communities and help return the country to normalcy.


However, persons employed in essential services, such as airport workers, health care workers, security personnel and Public Works workers, were required to turn out for work.


According to the information released, “the decision to declare 20th September a public holiday was arrived at after consultation with the social and economic partners in the country and with the Governor General acting on the advice of the Prime Minister”.


At 11 am, the “All Clear” was issued, as confirmed by the Government’s Information Service.


In a release issued by SKNIS, the statement reads in part, “Chair of the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Shawn Richards, reported that the Rapid Assessment Teams had made their country-wide assessments and given the green light for the country to resume a state normalcy, while recovery efforts continue.”


Meanwhile, clean-up crews were busy on the Bay Road, Basseterre, where waves had thrown large quantities of sand onto the road at various locations. Along with the sand, debris were being collected and taken away in trucks.


The Solid Waste Management Corporation (SWMC) has indicated that the landfill at Conaree will be opened to the public up to 4 pm on Wednesday, 20th September.


While schools remain closed until further notice, the Ministry of Education indicated that management teams report to their respective schools to do assessments of conditions.


Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley, writing on his Facebook page, stated, “We are grateful to announce that our twin islands have fared well from this latest weather event, and that our family and staff at Hermitage are fine. Our thoughts and concern are with the people and island of Dominica, who have suffered considerable damage, and to those in the storm's path.”


As Hurricane Maria passed over Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, it inflicted serious damage to houses and public infrastructure. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit described the conditions as “devastating”.


It is the first time on record that two Atlantic hurricanes have reached category 5 strength in the same season.




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