Repair work on Barbuda slows temporarily

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The rebuilding process on Barbuda has slowed down significantly as officials from the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) work out the administrative details to clear the way for more donor agency contributions to the process.
Director of NODS Philmore Mullin said work should pick up again some time in January.
“We are in the process of sorting out the arrangements for the European Union funds to kick in and that will happen some time next year,” Mullin said.
According to the director, other donor agencies are currently winding down and doing their own assessment before moving forward.
Following the devastation of Barbuda due to the passage of Hurricane Irma in 2017, several international agencies have come forward to assist in the rehabilitation process.
During the course of the year, the general focus was to repair homes with minimal damage – those categorised as being levels one and two. For the new year, according to Mullin, homes which fall within the level 3 and 4 categories will be given priority.
The repair work was not without its fair share of challenges — from lack of materials, to contractors complaining about not being paid on time.
A number of residents in Barbuda have also complained bitterly about the slow pace of the work.

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