Dominica

Dominica: Hurricane Maria Situation Report No. 13 - (as of 14 December 2017)

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This report is produced by the United Nations in collaboration with humanitarian partners in Dominica. It covers the period from 30 November to 13 December 2017 and is the last situation report.

Highlights

  • A national wide assessment to identify and quantify the level of damage caused by Hurricane Maria on farm access roads is being conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Progamme (WFP). The first 14 farm access roads have been assessed and information on the required interventions is available.

  • Over 400 construction professionals were trained in safe building standards related to the national building code and over 75 representatives from financial institutions participated in a workshop too discuss the building code and guidelines.

  • The emergency livelihoods programme implemented by the National Employment Programme and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) expanded to over 15 communities.

  • A third prefabricated office has been established at Roseau seaport to support port and field operations within the country. A total of three prefabricated offices are fully functional.

  • The Roseau Seaport operative capacity has been increased by the acquisition of four forklifts and one mobile crane, reducing delays significantly.

Situation Overview

Close to three months after the hurricane, the situation is normalising throughout the country. 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, 90 per cent of the population still does not have electricity, and a sizeable portion of the population is highly vulnerable due to the loss of their main source of livelihoods.

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.