Dominica: Hurricane Maria - Emergency Appeal Operations Update - 12-month operations update (MDRDM003)


Summary of modifications from revised Emergency Plan of Action

This 12-month operations update provides an overview of consolidated achievements delivered through the operation in Dominica. The operation has been extended by 3 months (with a new end date of 31 March 2019) to complete the DRR activities funded by the appeal.

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

  1. The operation was extended from 15 to 18 months; the new operation end date is 31 March 2019.

  2. The emergency appeal will seek a total of CHF 7,574,981 reflecting a budget increase from the CHF 6,960,212 • (including CHF 454,063 in bilateral funding) sought in the 27 March 2018 revised appeal. Hence, CHF 107,994 in additional funding is requested to meet the emergency appeal’s targets.

  3. OFDA funded the DRR sector was in September 2018; the DRCS will implement OFDA-funded activities from 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019, which will include the following interventions:

  • Increase the DRCS’s capacity (and community disaster preparedness. 12-Month Operations Update Dominica: Hurricane Maria P a g e | 2
  • Increase response effectiveness, efficiency (time, money) and accountability.
  • Improving the DRCS’s information sharing on the part of the for preparedness and response operations.

Description of the disaster

Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on 18 September 2017, bringing torrential rain and winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (category 5), which affected the country’s entire population of 73,800 inhabitants. The government and UNDP conducted a building damage assessment of 29,431 buildings from late October 2017 until the end of January 2018. The assessment showed that 18.5 per cent of the buildings was destroyed, 25.5 per cent had major damage, 28.5 per cent had minor damage and 27 per cent had minimal damage. Moreover, the assessment revealed that many houses still have inadequate roofing.

The impact of the hurricanes went beyond damage to physical infrastructure, as routine visits to health centres and hospital care were interrupted until those facilities could be repaired. There was damage to structures and critical systems such as water, electricity, and communications and to high-cost specialized equipment and medical supplies. Damaged roadways hindered the arrival of supplies to the affected facilities, which also impacted the provision of healthcare.