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With the 2013 Christmas Eve Trough remains fresh in the minds of many Saint Lucians, work continues to recover major national assets damaged as a result of the passage of Hurricane Tomas in 2010. In light of those recent natural disasters, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has sounded a clarion cry for the citizens of Saint Lucia to work together against the threat of flooding.
 
Speaking at the official launch of the World Bank funded Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) earlier this week, Dr. Anthony pointed out that since 1998 the Government of Saint Lucia has been implementing projects aimed at lowering disaster risk.

These have enjoyed measured success at reducing flood risks in communities such as Dennery and Anse La Raye and rehabilitating key infrastructure, such as schools and health care facilities. With the implementation of the DVRP, additional such works are envisioned in the years to come.
 
But Dr. Anthony also spoke to the need for wider society to play its part in risk reduction. Speaking to some of the restoration work performed by Government over the past two years, the Prime Minister decried the all-too-common practice of using waterways for the haphazard disposal of used household effects and other items, and insisted that in order to achieve success in mitigating against natural disaster, Saint Lucians must cease the indiscriminate dumping of waste.
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