Damage from recent storms and flooding in southwestern Nova Scotia is estimated at $5.6 million, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Jan. 6. Families and businesses in these communities were hard hit by heavy rainfall and severe flooding between Nov. 4 and 10. “Nova Scotians have had their lives and livelihoods put on hold because of the damage from this extreme weather,” said Premier Dexter. “They need help now to get their lives back to normal. Knowing the estimated cost of repairs brings the province another step closer to being able to offer that help.” The initial damage estimate includes costs to repair damages to provincial and municipal infrastructure, including bridges and roads, as well as estimated uninsurable damages to private property. “We will be asking Ottawa for federal aid,” said Premier Dexter. “And we will have more information on available help for Nova Scotians with uninsurable property damage from this storm very soon.” From Nov. 4-10, about 200 millimetres of rain fell in some areas of Nova Scotia, causing severe flooding and damage to homes and infrastructure. Since August, Nova Scotia has experienced six weather events that caused widespread damage in areas across the province. Costs for damages from the August flash flooding in Meat Cove and the November overland flooding in parts of south western Nova Scotia are estimated to exceed $13-million. Damage assessments for the four December storms are expected to list millions more in damages. During a major weather event and in the days following, the province, municipalities, service providers and not-for-profit organizations work together to ensure people are safe and have the care and essential services they need. Repairing damaged infrastructure, restoring services and returning displaced residents to their homes as quickly as possible is the focus. Once critical needs are met, attention shifts to helping communities recover. An important part of recovery is determining the full extent of the damages and what repairs will cost.
Agreed to by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’In his expanded role, Mr Chambers will help increase funding from the public and private sectors to achieve the goals to reduce child and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and other diseases by 2015, the internationally agreed deadline for reaching the MDGs.“Since 2008, Ray Chambers has always been by our side in our battle against malaria as Special Envoy for Malaria,” said Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), as she welcomed today’s announcement. “Now he will also direct his talents and business experience towards building political will and financial support for the health-related MDGs. At this crucial time, with 2015 fast approaching, Ray Chambers is well placed to help mobilize the resources we urgently need to accelerate progress,” she stated. During the five years that Mr. Chambers has served as the malaria envoy, visibility, awareness, and funding for malaria have increased exponentially, with over $4 billion raised, over 400 million mosquito nets distributed and millions of treatment courses administered, according to the announcement of his new appointment. Yet, malaria – a preventable, mosquito-borne disease – continues to kill an African child every 45 seconds. With a further push, deaths can be brought down to near-zero by the end of 2015. One of the key challenges is insufficient funding to meet health goals in many countries. Mr. Chambers, whose new title is Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria and for the Financing of the Health-related Millennium Development Goals, is a philanthropist and humanitarian. He is the Founding Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and Co-Founder, with Colin Powell, of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth.