New housing for affected residents
Government has made good on its word to provide assistance to the residents whose properties were destroyed or severely affected when an American-registered aircraft crashed at Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara on April 13, last. According to Zulifkar Mohamed, Director of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Florence Tyndall, whose property was completely destroyed and her neighbour, Michelle Belle, whose house was scorched, are recipients of new structures.
He said that Belle was provided with a newly furnished two-bedroom house in Providence. She has already moved into her new property.
Meanwhile, Tyndall opted to have a new house built on her plot of land at Sparendaam. Her house is currently being constructed. The Public Works Ministry is overseeing the construction.
In April, the two-man crew on board a twin-engine Piper Aztec, with registration N27-F, was on a technical survey mission for the Amaila Falls Hydropower project. Apparently, Sithe Global, responsible for managing the construction of the project, subcontracted Digital World Mapping, to conduct surveys.
The aircraft reportedly had mechanical problems and crashed just after taking off from Ogle International Airport. Tyndall’s residence was destroyed and a section of her neighbour Belle’s house was scorched. Another neighbour’s fence and water lines were destroyed. Tyndall escaped unharmed but the aircraft’s American owner and pilot Pierre Angiel and his passenger, Canadian Scientist Nick Dmitriev, perished.
Last year, Brian Kubeck of Amaila Falls Hydro Inc. had said that the company met with the Ministry of Public Works and GCAA on May 16 and provided a full briefing of the measures being taken to investigate the incident and to assist those affected by the tragedy.
“Because of the delay in settling the insurance claims, Amaila Falls Hydro has agreed to assist Atlis in establishing a fund to provide resources to the affected homeowners so they can rebuild their homes as soon as possible,” Kubeck had said.
According to Mohamed, compensation for the residents from the insurance company is being examined by GCAA’s legal representatives in collaboration with Sithe Global.
Even though, Sithe Global pulled out of Guyana last year when there was no consensus on the Amaila Falls Hydropower Plant project in Parliament, the company still has an obligation to fulfill. Mohamed said that GCAA is still in contact with the company.