October 16, 2017 – Less than a month after the terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the streets are being cleared, utilities returning, people are going back to work and a degree of normalcy in daily lives is returning. That’s the view of Mohammed Asaria, co-founder of Range Developments, a company that specialises in developing luxury hotel projects in the Caribbean.
“It was shocking to see at first hand the damage caused by the hurricane,” said Mr Mohammed Asaria, Vice Chairman of Range Developments. “I travelled there last week to see the situation for myself. I was incredibly impressed by the fortitude of the people and the efforts the Government are making to restore their country to the paradise it once was. It was heartening also to see children going back to their schools. The energy and drive amongst the country’s leadership is clear and must be applauded.”
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is personally leading the entire relief, restoring and rebuilding efforts. He announced recently that water supply has now been restored, as have telecommunications to most areas. In the capital Roseau there are people working on every street corner, cleaners wearing masks hosing down the streets, and water tankers spraying the roads. Vehicular access has been restored in all the island’s roads. The extent of the damage and the cost of the rebuilding will be announced shortly by independent multi-lateral agencies, but is likely to be many multiples of the country’s GDP.
“What we’re doing is to take an opportunity to build back better,” Prime Minister Skerrit told reporters. “And we’re now putting the master plan in place. It entails sustainable livelihoods. In respect to energy, moving more into renewables – geothermal and solar.”
Mr. Asaria also visited Range Developments’ project, The Cabrits Resort Kempinski, on the north-east of the island near Portsmouth.
“I am delighted to see how our team responded to the crisis,” says Mr Asaria. “In the most challenging of circumstances they are already returning to work. Supplies are beginning to get through again as the roads, ports and airports are now re-open. Dominica will rebound from this stronger and in better shape to deal with anything similar that might occur in the future.”