Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed on 24 August, 2015. On 27 Aug at 2.00pm Tropical Storm warnings remained in effect for the following countries: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis. Tropical Storm watches have been issued for the Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Preliminary reports indicate that there has been significant rainfall in Dominica that has resulted in flooding and landslides. There are reports of casualties and damage to infrastructure: 25-30 persons presumed missing in the north-eastern and south-eastern areas of Dominica. (CDEMA, 27 Aug 2015)
The island of Dominica sustained significant damage due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on 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. (IFRC, 4 Sep 2015)
Fourteen people were reported dead, 16 missing, 574 rendered homeless and 1,034 people evacuated due to the unsafe conditions in their communities. As of 25 September 2015, damage and losses were estimated at EC$1.3 billion (US$483 million) or 90 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)...The communities of Petite Savanne and Dubique were hardest hit with all residents being evacuated to guest houses and community centres. The government is in the process of building new homes for the 39 families in Dubique, with the expectation that the relocation will take place by April 2016. The residents of Petite Savanne will be resettled to Bellevue Chopin, but no timeframe has been set for the completion of the building. (IFRC, 21 Jan 201)
The agreement was signed by the Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron and Stefano Manservisi, European Commission Director for International Co-Operation and Development at the recent EU-CELAC summit held in the Dominican Republic.
The overall post-Erika rehabilitation project, which will be carried out through the Ministry of Finance is part of efforts by government to source concessionary or grant funding that will mitigate the effects of tropical weather phenomena.
Latin America and the Caribbean is a diverse region and does not follow a single pattern of development. This Report is separated into two volumes which share the same narrative: the Regional Human Development Report – the first volume – covers the entire region, while deepening the analysis on Latin America; and this current Caribbean Human Development Report – the second volume – approaches the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development and human progress taking into consideration the particularities of the Caribbean.
Government has spent between five and six million dollars to assist victims of Tropical Storm Erika.
This was revealed by the Chairperson of the Social Services and Welfare Ministerial Committee, Hon Justina Charles.
The Social Services and Welfare Subcommittee was appointed by Cabinet to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation exercise.
Hon Charles outlined some of the duties of the subcommittee.
Operation no. MDRDM002
Date of Issue: 23 August 2016
Glide number: TC-2015-000119-DMA
Date of disaster: 27 August 2015
Operation start date: 10 September 2015
Operation end date: 10 April 2016
Host National Society: Dominica Red Cross Society
Operation budget: 889,493 Swiss francs (CHF)
Number of people affected: 28,000
The Parliament of Dominica has consented to establish a fund specifically to deal with the costs associated with natural disasters.
Recent incidents have proven that the island is prone to natural hazards including destructive rainfall events and earthquakes.
The bills for clean-up and restoration following both Tropical Storm Erika and the 2013 Christmas Eve trough were crippling.
Hence the reason for the vulnerability, risk and resilience fund.
28 MILLION PEOPLE FORCIBLY DISPLACED BY CONFLICT AND DISASTERS IN 2015 AND MILLIONS MORE STILL INVISIBLE: IDMC NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL CRISIS OF INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT
Conflict, violence and disasters internally displaced 27.8 million people in 2015, subjecting a record number of men, women and children to the trauma and upheaval of being forcibly displaced within their own country.
Hon Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit has informed the Dominican populace of urgent interventions being made to enhance the safety of citizens in a number of locations across the country.
Rehabilitation works will take place along west, east and south east coasts and the Roseau Valley.
The Hon. Prime Minister was speaking at the contract signing ceremony for projects for the Roseau Valley Constituency room when he made the announcement on Tuesday, April 26th.
The Honourable Minister for Public Works and Ports, Senator Miriam Blanchard, gave a forecast of projects tendered to the tune of EC$7m to begin soon.
Senator Blanchard spoke at the ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the West Bridge on Friday, 22nd April.
There, she revealed some 30 projects to commence after Erika hit Dominica with an over one billion dollar blow of infrastructural damage.
The Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit disclosed that contracts will soon be signed to begin infrastructural work following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
The Hon Prime Minister was speaking at the 21st inaugural meeting of the St. Joseph Village Council on Wednesday, March 6th.
The Prime Minister indicated that time had to be spent to ensure that designs for the work were well done “so that when we put down the infrastructure it’s going to be something that lasts and complements the bigger picture or projects we have to do in Dominica.”
The old library, an iconic building constructed in 1902 as a memorial to Queen Victoria, and which also served as an administrative office for the Agriculture Division, the Museum, the Magistrate’s Court and more recently the DBS Sales Office will be transformed into Dominica’s Post Erika Reconstruction Center.
A ceremony took place on the grounds of the building on Friday, April 1st, to officially launch the rehabilitation phase of the project.
Summary: Due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on 27 August 2015. A band of torrential rain caused by the system resulted in 12.64 inches of rainfall in less than twelve hours and triggered massive flooding and several landslides. Regional governments and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) stepped in to help Dominica after recording the loss of lives.
On her first day in office as Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC visited her home country of Dominica and launched a new Disaster Resource Centre.
The Secretary-General called on the country’s President and the Prime Minister and then formally commissioned the rehabilitation of an old library building, in Roseau, which will be home to the new Dominica Disaster Resource Centre.
The Government of Dominica approved the project following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika last year.
A preliminary report of findings on studies done on indirect peak discharge of Dominica’s rivers affected by Tropical Storm Erika was presented to the general public on Friday, March 4th.
Indirect peak discharge is the measurement that determines the height of the flow of water during flooding.
Following the event of August 27, 2015 the Government of Dominica contracted consultant Fred Ogden to do the analysis.
Summary: Dominica sustained significant damage due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday 27 August 2015. According to CDEMA situational reports, the government declared nine Special Disaster Areas following the devastating impact of the storm throughout the island. The Caribbean Meteorology and Hydrology Institute (CIMH) stated that the Canefield Airport near the capital of Roseau, Dominica, recorded 12.64 inches of rain in a 12-hour period.
General Manager of Dominica’s water supply company, Bernard Etinoffe says every community in Dominica now has access to potable water since Tropical Strom Erika.
He made this statement in an exclusive interview with GIS News on Thursday, December 31st.
Government has received more funds for the island’s recovery following Tropical Storm Erika.
On Tuesday, December 29th, Dominica’s Canada- based Trade and Investment Commissioner, Frances Delsol presented a cheque of CAD $75,000 to Hon. Acting Prime Minister and Acting Minister for Social Services, Justina Charles.
The West Indies Cricket Board and the University of the West Indies together have raised S $25,000 for Dominica’s Tropical Storm Erika recovery.
Both institutions partnered to showcase a celebrity T20 match which was held at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
UWI Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles says UWI was pleased to be collaborate with the WICB for “such a worthy cause, and UWI remains committed to doing all it can to help the people of Dominica recover.”
by Jamal Hall
The devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica must be used as an opportunity to document best practices if such a disaster occurs in another Caribbean country.
This call came from Dominica’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Water Resource Management, Lucien Blackmoore, as he spoke on the sidelines of the Habitat III Regional Report Expert Group Meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott, Hastings, Christ Church.
Published: Monday, 14 December 2015 12:33
Two weeks ago, a $14,000 donation was made to the Bath Estate Disaster Committee for the purchase of household items to replace those lost to the 57 worst affected in Paradise Valley.
Paradise Valley, Bath Estate was declared a disaster area when Tropical Storm Erika caused the Bath Estate River to overflow its banks and rush through houses washing away everything in its path including two brothers.
The November donation to the Bath Estate Disaster Committee came from the MRI6 group.