SVG to import Prefab houses from Guyana for 2021 volcano victims

By Admin. Updated 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2023, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is in the process of purchasing the first 15 pre-fabricated wooden houses from Guyana, as part of the island’s rebuilding efforts after the volcano eruption in 2021, Guyana’s Department of Public Information announced on January 3.

Prime Minister Dr. Gonsalves is currently in Guyana on a four-day official visit.

Dr. Gonsalves visited low-income housing settlements built by Guyana’s government to provide affordable housing to low-income Guyanese.

According to Guyana’s Department of Public Information, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will procure the ready-made homes from Guyanese manufacturer Duravilla, which specialises in pre-fabricated homes and hardwood products.

Dr Ralph Gonsalves said yesterday that financing is already in place, and arrangements are being made to have the one, two and three-bedroom houses delivered by March this year.

“We should within a few days be able to sign all the dotted lines with all the agreements,” he told the Department of Public Information.

Dr Gonsalves

Dr. Gonsalves says he is pleased with the quality of the houses and Guyana’s housing program.

During the 2021 eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano, many people lost their homes due to heavy ash fall which caused them to cave in. Many houses were also swept away by mudslides and lahars.

The government has since been trying to assist persons with rebuilding and has established a new housing settlement at Orange Hill for people who have been displaced.

Feature photo: Department of Public Information, Guyana

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