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Montserrat: Volcanoes

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL2653, tabled on 27 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the key infrastructure on the island of Montserrat, including housing, electrical power and medical facilities, has been replaced since the devastating volcanic eruptions in the mid-1990s.

Answered on

7 November 2017

In the aftermath of the volcano which destroyed Montserrat’s key infrastructure in the south of the island in the mid-1990s, DFID has supported the Government of Montserrat in developing key infrastructure in the north of the island. This has included construction of: new housing and schools, new government offices, a new power station and a new hospital. A new jetty and airport were also constructed to provide continuing access to the island.

DFID has also provided funding to maintain these buildings and has financed the installation of a modern power station, a new more efficient electricity generator, and exploratory geothermal drilling to identify a potential new renewable energy source.