Dominica: Hurricane Maria Situation Report No. 11 (as of 16 November 2017)


This report is produced by the United Nations in collaboration with humanitarian partners in Dominica. It covers the period from 9-15 November 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 1 December 2017.


• The Government confirmed that the death count for Hurricane Maria is 31 with 37 people missing.

• Thirty-one of the 49 health facilities are functional, with 12 offering services from an alternate site or with partial services, and six remain non-functional.

• Approximately 82 per cent of the population are receiving water services provided by the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASCO) after temporary repairs on water networks.
Water services are irregular and fragile and more permanent repairs are required.

• Forty-five schools have basic water and sanitation services through the support of the Ministry of Education, DOWASCO, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/Dominica Red Cross Society,
Catholic Relief Services/Caritas Antilles and IsraAID.

• UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Social Services and International Organization for Migration (IOM) is finding solutions for children still living in shelters and collective centres who do not have access to education.

$31 million needed for relief and recovery efforts in Dominica Source: UN Flash Appeal

57,437 people have regained access to w ater Source: DOWASCO

48 primary and secondary schools opened Source: Ministry of Education

4,307 students have access to water Source: DOWASCO

Situation Overview

An estimated 82 per cent of the population (57,437 people) has regained access to water networks following emergency repairs. However, repaired water supply systems are unstable and will need extensive rehabilitation to avoid intermittent water supply. Water supply systems and networks in the northern and southern areas of the country are in critical condition and demand full attention and support from the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) partners. Water trucking and mobile water treatment units are still required for improved water access, especially in collective centres, health facilities and schools. DOWASCO is requesting qualified staff and technical supplies to carry out urgent repairs.

The National Employment Programme has started implementing an emergency employment programme with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Temporary employment opportunities (around 10,000 workdays) will benefit approximately 500 people over the next three months. The activities are mainly related to clearing debris around health facilities, land, rivers, roads and schools.

Currently most of the displaced residing in collective centres are highly vulnerable: the elderly, the disabled and families with small children. Every family requires tailored support. The Ministry of Local Government is working with partners (IFRC/Dominica Red Cross Society, IsraAID, Is There Not a Cause?, Samaritan´s Purse and UNICEF) to support them. The shelter sector has developed a shelter response strategy detailing emergency and early recovery response plans. The biggest gap identified is shelter/housing solutions for people who lost their house (5,961 people of which 50 per cent are assumed vulnerable) and have no alternative option.

Shelter and education actors are working together to enable schools used as collective centres to reopen. The shelter sector is actively facilitating this, ensuring that the needs of the most vulnerable are respected and alternative collective centres are identified.