Dominica: Hurricane Maria Situation Report No. 2 (as of 2 October, 2017)

Report
from United Nations
Published on 02 Oct 2017

This report is produced by the United Nations in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 18 September to 2 October, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 4 October 2017.

Highlights

• On 29 September, UN and partners launched a Flash Appeal for $31.1 million to support relief and early recovery efforts in Dominica till the end of 2017.

• The UN has allocated US$3 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to address the urgent needs of Dominica’s people.

• There is a steady flow of food into the country. More than 15.5 metric ton of food and 190,000 litres water has been delivered. Supermarkets are expected to open this week

• Government expects to have access to all parts of the country later this week.

• Provision of potable water to west coast to be prioritized following serious concerns over communicable diseases.

$31.1 m needed for relief and recovery efforts in Dominica Source: UN Flash Appeal

71,000 affected people Source: UN Flash Appeal

65,000 people targeted for aid Source: UN Flash Appeal

Situation Overview

The humanitarian community has switched into a high gear ramping up support to the people in need in Dominica. As efforts to provide aid become intense, some focus has shifted towards early recovery, with rehabilitation experts expected to arrive in the island country devastated by category 5 Hurricane Maria this week.

Large container vessels bearing aid to arrive this week. The Government announced that it will allow limited number of commercial flights in another week.

Military troops from various countries, who played a significant role in the distribution of the critical initial response have begun to phase out their operation, which is likely to throw-up some challenges in the distribution of aid, particularly in remote locations. However, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that he expects access to all parts of the country to be restored later this week as roads are being cleared at a rapid rate. Saint Lucia has provided a kilometre of temporary bridges to Dominica, which can be set up in a short space of time.

The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) now only flies to Dominica thrice a week. Electricity and water supply is being restored gradually. Parts of the capital, Roseau now have access to running water. Pharmacies and some banks have begun operating. Some supermarkets are expected to open for business this week. Mr. Skerrit has said the Government was considering several options such as providing cash grants to people who lost their livelihoods, advance on salaries and pensions to other affected people to help them cope through the recovery process.

The Dominican Government has developed a strategy to ensure equity, transparency and accountability in the distribution of relief goods. The strategy outlines details of the ports of entry, warehouses for storage of aid, distribution centres, transport logistics and Government officials responsible for coordinating delivery of aid to people including vulnerable communities. The Government intends to issue aid vouchers to affected people to ensure there is transparency and accountability.

The shelter sector leads have underlined the need to prioritize the opening of local hardware stores, which would help reconstruction efforts.