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02 Mar 2017 description

Emergency Appeal

Operation no. MDRDM002

Date of Issue: 01 March 2017

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: 889,494 Swiss francs (CHF)

Number of people affected: 28,000

01 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) - When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars.

The storm dumped 15 inches of rain on the mountainous island, caused floods and mudslides and set the country back 20 years, according Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. The island was inadequately prepared for a storm such as Erika. Many roads and bridges were simply not robust enough to withstand such high volumes of water.

13 Nov 2016 description

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.

14 Sep 2016 description

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.

01 Sep 2016 description

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.

24 Aug 2016 description

Emergency Appeal

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

05 Aug 2016 description

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.

11 May 2016 description


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.

04 May 2016 description

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.

27 Apr 2016 description

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.

12 Apr 2016 description

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.”

07 Apr 2016 description

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.

07 Apr 2016 description

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.

02 Apr 2016 description

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.

08 Mar 2016 description

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.

21 Jan 2016 description

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.

05 Jan 2016 description

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.

31 Dec 2015 description

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.

24 Dec 2015 description

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.”