A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster The island of Dominica sustained significant damage due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday, 28 August. A band of torrential rain caused by the system resulted in the 6 to 8 inches of rainfall in less than twelve hours and triggered massive flooding and several landslides.
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Seven fishermen were killed as their boat was sunk by powerful winds in a rare hurricane strike off Guinea-Bissau at the start of the week, local officials said Friday.
Named Fred, the storm packed winds of up to 140 kilometres (85 miles) per hour as it hit west African waters.
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RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 4, 2015) — ChildFund International, a child-focused international development organization working in 30 countries, has begun providing families in Dominica with food, shelter and other necessary supplies after Tropical Storm Erika struck the Caribbean island Aug. 27, leaving it deluged in 12 inches of rain.
Recent increases in rainfall provide little relief to long-term dryness in East Africa and Hispaniola
Widespread, persistent, and heavy rainfall over the past several weeks have led to saturated ground conditions and localized flooding in several regions of West Africa. The continuation of heavy rainfall is forecast for the upcoming week, maintaining flooding risks throughout several areas in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, western Niger, eastern Guinea and Sierra Leone.
4 September 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today extended her condolences to the people of the small island state of Dominica as they enter a second day of national mourning for the 31 people who have died and the 35 reported missing in the wake of a tropical storm which arrived with little or no warning.
• Number of confirmed deaths remains at 12, and number of missing persons remains at 34
• PAHO Response Team visited and assessed the public health issues at two Roseau shelters, and infrastructure of Roseau Health Center with Ministry of Health (MoH) project manager
• Out of the 52 health facilities on the island, 3 are not operational due to flooding and/or structural damage, 5 are not accessible from the outside and 1 did not have information available
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Typhoon Maysak made landfall at Chuuk lagoon on Sunday 29 March and Ulithi Atoll, Yap on 1 April while neighbouring islands within the two states also experienced strong destructive winds causing widespread damage to infrastructure, shelter and agricultural resources.
The Commonwealth of Dominica was severely impacted by Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday, August 27, 2015. As a consequence, the island experienced continuous rainfall measuring 10 inches over a 6-hour period.
The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, has today appointed Dominican, the Right Honourable Baroness Patricia Scotland as the international coordinator of the Dominica Relief Effort.
To contact Baroness Scotland by e-mail: email@example.com.
The British support ship has been tasked by the Department for International Development to offer assistance to the communities of Coulibistrie, Colihaut, Dublanc and Bioche which have been severely damaged by a combination of flash flooding, mudslides, landslides and rock falls. In addition, most of the communities have been left inaccessible, following the erosion of major transport routes.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
Preliminary assessments following Tropical Storm Erika have revealed that Dominica suffered over half a billion dollars in damage to its infrastructure.
At a press briefing Wednesday night, the Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit reported an over six hundred and twelve million seven hundred thousand in damage specifically to the country’s main roads and bridges.
Three hundred and seventy one houses were destroyed by landslides and flooding including two hundred and seventeen in Petite Savanne alone.
The Douglas Charles airport was severely damaged by flooding.
Susan C. Aro
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 4 (PIA) - - Calamity fund for the victims of typhoon Ineng in the province is already available
Governor Nestor Fongwan announced this on Thursday during the turn-over of seeds and rice assistance as agri-rehab to farmers affected by typhoon Egay and monsoon rains in July.
Following the declaration of the province under the state of calamity, financial assistance for those affected by typhoon Ineng is available and will be charged under the calamity funds, said Fongwan.
Published: Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:37
Officials from the World Bank are on island undertaking assessments of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
The Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit says the officials who arrived on Monday August 31st have already begun their assessments.
A new team will be arriving in Dominica the week of September 7th.
Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra -- Damages wrought by Typhoon Ineng had left the province of Abra under state of calamity.
Damage reports validated by the various member-agencies of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) reached a total of P667,000,500.97 worth of infrastructures and agriculture including houses that were totally and partially damaged by Ineng. Of the 27 municipalities, 16 have been severely affected.
Hon. Minister for Education, Petter Saint Jean has announced that his Ministry has made the decision to push back the reopening of school.
Following the passing of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday August 27th 2015 the Ministry of Education has conducted a preliminary assessment of 75 schools across the island.
Several of these schools including the Dominica Grammar School, the Roseau Primary School and the Grand Bay Primary are being used as housing by citizens affected by Tropical Storm Erika.
Relief coordination underway in aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika
Geneva, 3 September 2015 – ITU has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Dominica, which was hit by Tropical Storm Erika on 27 August. Heavy rains, severe flooding and landslides wreaked widespread damage across the island in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.
Published: Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:30
The Government of Dominica continues to seek assistance from every part of the globe.
This is all in an effort to bring relief to those who have been affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
The communities identified as “special disaster areas” as well as other critical areas have already begun receiving supplies including food, water, and medicine.
At a press conference on Monday August 31st, Prime Minister Skerrit conveyed that he has written to every country seeking assistance.
2 September 2015 - 9:45am Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE has joined the international community in a demonstration of solidarity for the island of Dominica, and has pledged US$100,000.00 towards relief efforts on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands.
Premier Smith stated that while the British Virgin Islands was spared, the Government wanted to reach out in a tangible way to the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica.