Dominica: Hurricane Maria - Emergency Plan of Action operation update n°3 (MDRDM003)

Situation Report
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This operations update no.3 provides updated information on the current situation in Dominica, ongoing assessments and a summary of key results achieved against objectives of the Dominica Hurricane Maria Emergency Plan of Action up to 15 January 2018.

The Emergency Appeal plan of action and budget is currently being revised and will be based on the new assessments findings a verification and revision on the number of beneficiaries to respond to the current needs of the affected families.

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS Description of the disaster

At almost four months after Hurricane Maria hit Dominica, only around 10 per cent of people, mainly in the cities of Roseau and Portsmouth, have access to electricity. The Dominica Electricity Services reported that services are in process of being restored throughout the island. Diverse foodstuffs have reappeared on the markets, shops are reopening, most public schools have reopened, and 30 out of 43 damaged water systems have been provisionally repaired. The curfew was lifted in Roseau on 8 December. Nevertheless, Dominica remains seriously impacted. Over 80 percent of houses still have inadequate roofing, many children have not yet returned to school and a sizeable portion of the population is highly vulnerable due to the loss of their main source of livelihoods1. To date, 8 collection centres are still open.

The impact of the hurricanes went beyond physical infrastructure. Routine visits to health centers and hospital care were interrupted until those facilities could be repaired. There was damage to structures and to critical systems such as water, electricity, and communications. There was also damage to high-cost specialized equipment and medical supplies. Damages to roadways hindered the arrival of supplies to the affected facilities, which also affected health care.2 Humanitarian actors are transitioning from relief to recovery - oriented activities and coordination mechanisms are reflecting this shift. A growing number of ministries and stakeholders take part in sector coordination mechanisms, which is conducive to more comprehensive and complementary action plans.
The Ministry of Planning has taken over multi - sector coordination from the Emergency Operations Centre.