Damage From Irma Not Yet Estimated

Sherine Williams, Journalist | October 11, 2017 5:59 am MDT
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Premier Hon. Dr. Orlando D. Smith said the government has not yet determined estimates of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Speaking to the media at Festival Grounds in Road Town yesterday, October 10, Premier Smith said work is still being done to compile figures associated with the damage done to the Territory.

“Those figures are actually still being put together. There are some initial figures, but we have to do the proper assessment before we can make a public statement,” the Premier said.

Hurricane Irma is said to have affected 80 percent of the BVI.

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson publicly estimated that it could cost the BVI $4B to rebuild.

Recently, Premier Smith had indicated that some 22.5 percent of the approximately 30,000 people have been displaced since the hurricane.

The Department of Disaster Management's (DDM) also reported that a total of 1,314 dwellings were damaged; 731 dwellings were totally wrecked; and 1,603 dwelling sustained minor damage.

Some people remain in shelters across the Territory, while scores of expatriates have left the country on flights sponsored by the governments of their respective homeland.

swilliams@bviplatinum.com
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