Hurricane Maria could cost Dominica billions of dollars, says CDEMA

“If Erica was in the region of a half-a-billion EC dollars, this is going to be multiple times that. The entire agricultural sector is down, the tourism sector took a significant impact (and) those are two primary areas of the economy of Dominica. The infrastructure itself is going to have to be rebuilt and hardened.” – CDEMA Head, Ronald Jackson
REGIONAL disaster management and relief authorities are predicting that it will cost Dominica several billions of dollars to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which struck the Eastern Caribbean island last week, killing an estimated 20 people and leaving the small island nation in devastation.

In the wake of the category five hurricane, there have been reports of persons desperately in need of food and shelter, while there have also been reports of security threats in the capital, Roseau.

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt, in a live broadcast last Thursday from Antigua, described the devastation as a “war zone”, where “every village, street, and person in Dominica was impacted”.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

Aid beginning to flow to Dominica – PM Skerrit

Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has assured Dominicans, that aid was beginning to flow into the country.

In an address on Monday morning, the Prime Minister, provided the assurance and detailed the forms of assistance that were imminent.

Listen to his address:

Dominica a land ‘brutalised’ – reflection on the fury of a hurricane

Dominica Hurricane Maria damage downtown buildings (OECS)By Peter Richards

(CMC) – When I lived in Dominica, nearly two decades ago, it would take me at least 15 minutes to walk from the capital, Roseau, to Loubiere in the south.

Yesterday, it took me nearly two hours. I had no choice. Transportation was impossible given the widespread disaster that Hurricane Maria brought to this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) island that was just emerging from the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika two years ago.

Unofficially, the death toll from Monday’s hurricane that, in the words of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit “brutalised” the island, is as high as 60, depending on who you meet. But, so far, the official death toll is 28. The figures vary because the authorities have not been able to visit some of the villages that were hit by the storm with winds in excess of 180 miles an hour.

As I joined in the exodus of people making the daily walk to Loubiere and other villages such as Point Michel, Grand Bay, Bagatelle, Petite Savanne and Soufriere, among others, the talk centred on many people who were killed on Monday night and have since been buried.

Read more at: St Lucia News Online

Hurricane Maria relief efforts – comprehensive list, contact information

As you all know Hurricane Maria has left the nation of Dominica completely crippled, cutting off electricity, telecommunication and water supplies across the island. The destruction is unparalleled. Although assessments are still being made and communication is slowly being restored it has become clear that the country is in desperate need of  basic supplies.


Generously, several initiatives have sprung up in the wake of this disaster to attempt to alleviate any suffering for residents of the island. However, at DNO we are completely aware that there is a lot of information floating around the internet and we therefore have compiled a list of individuals and organizations leading such efforts, who have each been contacted and the particulars verified by DNO. Please note that this is an ongoing list so it will be updated if necessary. Additionally, we have included a  general list of  some of the most immediately needed items. Please support these efforts. The people of Dominica have a long, hard road ahead.

Online Initiatives:

http://dominicarelief.org/

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dominice-hurricanemaria-relief/funds/fees

 

United States

New York

St. Lucia House, 438 E 49th St, Brooklyn 11203
Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 11 AM – 5 PM
Contact: Aldona Prosper 646-642-0113
Organized by the Consulate General of Dominica, 685 3rd Ave, New York 10017, 212-599-8478, consulateofdominica@gmail.com, in partnership with the Dominica American Relief and Development Association.
Area residents are requested to distribute this flyer.

Read more at: DominicaNewsOnline

Strong CARICOM support for hurricane ravaged Dominica

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (centre in light clothing) poses with regional hurricane relief workers
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Barbados coast guard vessel arrives in Dominica
The Governments and people of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States continue to actively support their sister country Dominica following Monday night’s devastating passage of Category 5 Hurricane Maria.

“We’ve lost all that money can buy”, Prime Minister Roosevelt had disclosed after surveying the widespread damage to houses and infrastructure.  A number of deaths have also been reported.

The government of close neighbour Antigua and Barbuda, while still itself in recovery mode from another Category Five Hurricane, Irma’s destructive passage over Barbuda, made an immediate pledge of US$300,000, to which Tourism Minister Asot Michael added a further US$100,000.  Antigua-Barbuda’s state and private broadcast media, in particular ABS Radio and TV have been providing a critical connection between Dominica’s residents and the rest of the world, especially  during the period when all broadcast and internet services were down. ABS TV  provided the first broadcast by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to the world after his initial aerial tour of the devastation.

  VIDEO: Prime Minister Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago

Barbados was also quick out the blocks, putting two coast guard vessels at Dominica’s disposal to help transport technical personnel and supplies. The vessels left Bridgetown loaded with water and other emergency supplies donated by Barbadians in heavily supported collection drives.  Barbados has also arranged to provide much needed doctors and nurses to assist with critical medical services.

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Emergency supplies arrive via coast guard vessel
With rural communities cut off by damaged or blocked roadways, Trinidad and Tobago’s helicopter service proved critical for transporting emergency personnel and assessment teams to the remote villages for damage assessment, to extract the injured and stranded, and to deliver  emergency supplies. Trinidad and Tobago had previously  provided its helicopter  to the Antigua and Barbuda government to assist with emergency services between Antigua and sister-island Barbuda which lost more than 90 percent of its houses to Hurricane Irma and which, as a result, had to be totally evacuated. The Trinidad and Tobago government also announced that it will waive the immigration requirements for residents of Dominica for a period of six months as the CARICOM Member State rebuilds.

The Dominica Government welcomed contingents of police officers from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Jamaica among others to assist with security during this recovery period. Grenada announced that a detachment from its Special Services Unit has joined an earlier team of communication and logistics officers supporting the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU).  Jamaica made available 120 members of its Defence Force Disaster Response Team to help with maintaining public order, engineering, relief distribution and damage assessment.  Saint Lucia’s police contingent was joined by fire and rescue officers as well as disaster assessment officials from the country’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).   (more…)