In the space of 24 hours the damage toll to homes in Barbados in the aftermath of Hurricane Elsa has risen from just 177 to 1,178 thus far.
This is according to the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), whose director, Kerry Hinds, revealed that this tally was likely to go up in the coming days as more data is being received from the field.
It was disclosed that 62 houses had collapsed, 743 had damaged roofs while 176 sustained other types of damage. It was also revealed that St Philip, Christ Church, St George and St Michael were the parishes that had the most damage to their housing stock.
It was against this backdrop that Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley rolled out Government’s plan of action to address the dislocation that many Barbadians are going through.