CARIBBEAN / HURRICANE RECOVERY

09-Mar-2018 00:02:58
Six months after two of the most powerful hurricanes recorded over the Atlantic wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, women and men in island countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, British Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten are working around the clock to build back better, with another hurricane season only four months away. UNDP
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STORY: CARIBBEAN / HURRICANE RECOVERY
TRT: 02:58
SOURCE: UNDP
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 6 MARCH 2018, BARBUDA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA / 27 FEBRUARY 2018, ROSEAU, DOMINICA
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6 MARCH 2018, BARBUDA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

1. Various shots, roof construction
2. SOUNDBITE (English), Arthur Nibbs, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Land and Barbuda Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda:
“The Chinese Government has made a sizable donation to us in terms of roofing materials. I think it’s in the region of 2 million US dollars worth of roofing material.”
3. Various shots, damaged property from the hurricanes
4. SOUNDBITE (English), Arthur Nibbs, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Land and Barbuda Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda:
“Our island is short of skilled workers. You may find a good number of people who are laborers, but in terms of more skilled carpenters and tradesmen, those are in shortage. So, I hope if there’s anyone listening now, that we’re looking for these kinds of workers, carpenters and masons, so we can expedite the rebuilding effort that is going on right now.”
5. Med shot, Otine Beazer riding on the back of a truck
6. Aerial shot, Otine Beazer’s house
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Otine Beazer, Firefighter:
“This is my home. This is where I lived before the storm. Actually, the roof came off on this side and the other side, not the back. Inside was destroyed. All my furniture was destroyed.”
8. Med shot, Otine Beazer with his family
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Otine Beazer, Firefighter:
“I want to say thanks to the UN for giving us the material so we can get our home back together, so we can live back in it again.”
10. Various shots, debris site on Barbuda

27 FEBRUARY 2018, ROSEAU, DOMINICA

11. Aerial shot, city of Roseau, capital of Dominica
12. Wide shot, people walking on the streets
13. Wide shot, damaged houses
14. Med shot, construction taking place
15. Aerial shot, roofing being redone
16. Med shot, engineer Dennis Mialki talking to construction workers
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Mialki, Engineer, Engineers Without Borders (EWB):
“We are a volunteer group of engineers, strictly volunteers, we go to different countries when we are called to do so, in this case we are working with the UNDP here in Dominica, and our role is quality assurance of the materials that are being supplied by UNDP.”
18. Med shot, piles of wood beams with a sign containing both UNDP and China Aid logos
19. Close up, man using a circular saw to cut a wood beam
20. Wide shot, construction taking place inside the hospital
21. Various shots, construction taking place
STORYLINE
Six months after two of the most powerful hurricanes recorded over the Atlantic wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, women and men in island countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten are working around the clock to build back better, with another hurricane season only four months away. In the immediate hurricane aftermath, governments requested the UN Development Programme (UNDP)’s technical support to recover, while boosting climate resilience.

In Antigua and Barbuda - Barbuda being the most affected of the two sister islands - in partnership with the national Governments, UNDP joined forces with civil society organizations, using Microsoft-provided tablets and a tailored app to assess the comprehensive post-hurricane damages. While in both islands all buildings were damaged to some extent, the Building Damage Assessments conducted by national authorities with UNDP´s support provided crucial data for planning and for a more resilient recovery.

SOUNDBITE (English), Arthur Nibbs, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Land and Barbuda Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda:
“The Chinese Government has made a sizable donation to us in terms of roofing materials. I think it’s in the region of 2 million US dollars’ worth of roofing material.”

SOUNDBITE (English), Arthur Nibbs, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Land and Barbuda Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda:
“Our island is short of skilled workers. You may find a good number of people who are laborers, but in terms of more skilled carpenters and tradesmen, those are in shortage. So, I hope if there’s anyone listening now, that we’re looking for these kinds of workers, carpenters and masons, so we can expedite the rebuilding effort that is going on right now.”

In the immediate hurricane aftermath, the Government of China offered US$5 million to support more resilient roofs for affected women and men in both countries, US$3 million for Dominica and US$2 million for Antigua and Barbuda, whose residents were all evacuated for the first time to Antigua due to the massive hurricanes. With UNDP’s support and led by national governments since the beginning of the year, roofing material and equipment are being used to rehabilitate homes and key facilities.

UNDP has mobilized nearly US$22 million to build back better in the Caribbean following the back-to-back hurricanes in September 2017, and in the past decade invested nearly US$300 million in disaster preparedness in Latin America and the Caribbean, working with governments at the national and local levels, as well as communities.

In Dominica, 44 percent of the buildings were severely damaged or totally destroyed, while 51 percent of all the private buildings have suffered important roof damages. In partnership with the national Government, UNDP joined forces with civil society organizations and used Microsoft-provided tablets and a tailored app to assess the comprehensive post-hurricane damages. The Building Damage Assessments conducted by national authorities with UNDP´s support provided crucial data for planning and for a more resilient recovery. UNDP also worked with national counterparts to beef up the construction standards, supporting more resilient building code amendments.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Mialki, Engineer, Engineers Without Borders (EWB):
“We are a volunteer group of engineers, strictly volunteers, we go to different countries when we are called to do so, in this case we are working with the UNDP here in Dominica, and our role is quality assurance of the materials that are being supplied by UNDP.”





UNDP has mobilized nearly US$22 million to build back better in the Caribbean following the back-to-back hurricanes in September 2017, and in the past decade invested nearly US$300 million in disaster preparedness in Latin America and the Caribbean, working with governments at the national and local levels, as well as communities.
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