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Jamaica Press Highlights Forthcoming Cuban Aid to Dominica

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Kingston, Jamaica.- The arrival by the end of this month to the Commonwealth of Dominica of a brigade of 100 Cuban builders was highlighted today by the Jamaican press.

It’s a group of qualified workers, engineers, architects and other specialists in reconstructing structures of different types, which will help Dominica recover from damages caused by Hurricane Maria, the Jamaica Observer newspaper reported Monday.

Electricians are also making up the group. They will help re-wire houses and several other facilities in Dominica, the paper added.

Recently the Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, regretted that almost six months after the hurricane struck, his small island state still needed a skilled workforce to help owners put roofs in their homes, recalled The Gleaner daily.

In Dominica, Hurricane Maria caused around twenty deaths and did away with the progress made in decades of local development.

Poverty levels in that territory are close to 60 percent of the population, according to official figures. More than half of the housing and transport infrastructures were affected on that island, where the costs of recovery are estimated at around 1,3 billion dollars, the Caribbean Community pointed out.

Dominica is part of the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea.

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