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Status of Evacuation: 0730H Wednesday, April 17, 1996

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Chief Minister's Office Fax:
P.O.Box 292
Plymouth, Montserrat
West Indies
Tel: (809) 491-2702/2711 Fax: -7229 Voice: -7227

For Immediate Release

The Government of Montserrat continues to request the co-operation of the general public with regard to re-entry into designated unsafe zones. Accredited media personnel both local and foreign have been encouraged to act responsibly. The Government wants to avoid endangering the lives of rescue team members although they are prepared to do the job.

The now former St John Primary school building is to be upgraded to a temporary hospital. Funds have been approved for the project and restoration work is set to get underway.

A comprehensive range of matters is being addressed by a private sector grouping. The group is collaborating with government to establish modes of assistance to the sector which has been hard hit by three relocations and face the possibility of having to decentralize businesses into the safe zone of the north.

Road repairs for Montserrat have been discussed in talks with the British government and the European Union. Additional equipment is being sourced for the island's lone hot mix plant which is located in the designated unsafe zone.

A routine management meeting of key sector managers and government ministers, chaired by His Excellency the Governor, yesterday received a progress report on a range of issues including PWD projects, EOC operations, Health sector responses and Education.

School is underway for upper forms of the Montserrat Secondary School. Overseas exams are scheduled to begin on April 25th, 1996.

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