Vertical buildings are the solution to those affected in Guanaja

Vertical buildings are the solution to those affected in Guanaja

The Guanaja Task Force has established four short and long-term lines of action to rebuild the part of the island that succumbed to the candle fire.

Team members say they already have proposals for housing projects, one of which President Juan Orlando Hernandez mentioned yesterday during his visit to the island of about 6,000 people.

“We could build two or three buildings here, as well as the ones being built in the Sula Valley for the Eta and Iota affected, and that could be a great solution, and I’ve brought that to the table,” he said. At the same time, he emphasized that the Guanaja reconstruction process is an opportunity to create jobs.

“We’re not leaving here until we make sure people live with dignity,” was the president’s commitment as he tours Ground Zero of the Disaster.

Francisco Herrera, president of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, also stated that part of the shelter towers could be built, but the mayor – Spurgeon Miller – had already acquired 86 hectares to divide them.

Four axes. For the staff, the priority is cleaning and humanitarian aid.

They already have a four-pronged plan. First, the damage assessment, according to which, according to the latest report from the Permanent Emergency Committee (Copeco), 226 homes were destroyed – 90 of them destroyed – and about 4,000 people were affected.

The second stage is related to the identification and mapping of beneficiaries.

Reports submitted by government authorities confirm that it has already created 300 jobs among those affected, who help with cleaning jobs.

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Assistance is a priority at this time, which is why a ship Alhamdulillah has been dispatched with more than 130 tons of food, clothes, shoes and basic necessities and international cooperation is expected to start in the next few days.

Authorities anticipate that affected people will need assistance for at least three to four months. In the third stage, the reconstruction analysis is already discussed. This is where Unah plays a leading role.

“We have to be clear about the amount of space available to be able to work in two specific places: the fire part as such to be able to create towers and the ability to create a leisure factory and also a sports area,” Herrera stated.

Unah proposes a safe housing design. The implementation of these projects will be the fourth and final stage.

There is still no potable water, but the electricity system has already been restored in most parts of El Cayo. Cleaning work continues but 15 days will not be enough to clean the place.

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