Roseau, Dominica, 15 February, 2018— In keeping with its mandate to support the government’s effort to build back better, following the devastating effects of category 5 Hurricane Maria, the UNDP Dominica Project office capitalised on the large audience at the 2018 Carnival Monday parade as team members promoted Dominica’s building standards with an aptly themed float.
The group, which also comprised engineers from civil society organisation, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), focused specifically on roofing standards with the theme “24 gauge- don’t nail it, screw it!” Sporting shirts with the Dominica flag and UNDP logo, the troupe also included a banner and model roof.
The roof was built to highlight practices on how to build back better says Michael Paddock PE, PS of EWB.
“We built it showing best practices such as the use of 24 gauge galvanize, we spaced out the rafters at the appropriate length of 24 inches and of course we used screws to connect the galvanize to the rafters and purlins as they are best for resisting wind pressure and suction,” he stated.
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The biggest natural disaster to ever hit the Caribbean island of Dominica is now likely to provide guidelines for reducing the risk globally of disaster from hurricanes.
Scientists led by disaster expert Dr. Richard Teeuw, of the University of Portsmouth, are surveying the damage to Dominica’s landscape, infrastructure and communities following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Dominica was devastated by the hurricane last September which left 68 people dead or missing. The hurricane registered as Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum wind speeds of 260 km/h.
The results of the surveys will provide guidelines for reducing vulnerability and exposure to hurricane-driven floods.
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February 7, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, today announced that the institution is making USD700 to 800 million (mn) available to help Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) recover from the impact of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The funding, which the Bank is providing over the next five years, complements its ongoing work to build resilience in the Caribbean Region.
“Disaster risk management and resilience building took centre-stage again in CDB’s strategic responses to the challenges facing our BMCs,” said Smith while outlining the Bank’s 2017 performance during his Annual News Conference on February 7, 2018.
— CDB (@Caribank) February 7, 2018
“To incentivise BMCs to invest in climate-resilient infrastructure, CDB must be able to also offer grant and other attractively priced financial resources. But the challenges our Region faces are bigger than what CDB can handle on its own. We have, therefore, been drawing on a combination of our own resources as well as funds intermediated through CDB by other development partners to meet this challenge,” he added.
In 2017, the Bank mobilised concessionary resources from development partners to support more resilient infrastructure projects throughout the Region.(more…)
Former United States President, Bill Clinton, is in Dominica to view the island’s ongoing efforts to continue building back in the wake of last year’s hurricane season.
See photo of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his wife welcoming President Clinton, and a video clip of the President’s arrival at the Financial Centre earlier Tuesday morning: