Dominica - Hurricane Situation Report No.4

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 12 Oct 1995
DHA-GENEVA 95/0455
SITUATION

1. FROM NIGHTFALL MONDAY 4 TO MIDDAY TUESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER HURRICANE LUIS LASHED DOMINICA WITH HEAVY WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL, AND EXTREMELY HIGH WAVES.

2. FURTHER DAMAGE AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT AS REPORTED BY UNDP (UNDHA) PART OF THE MISSION TO DOMINICA 27 AND 28 SEPTEMBER, CONFIRMS INFORMATION GIVEN IN PREVIOUS SITUATION REPORTS.

3. IN ADDITION IFRC REPORTED IN ITS SITUATION REPORT NO. 2 THAT AS MANY AS 1000 FAMILIES EITHER LOST THEIR HOMES ENTIRELY OR SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AND LOST THEIR SOURCE OF INCOME.

REGIONAL ACTION AND RESPONSE

4. THE PRIME MINISTER OF DOMINICA AND THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF EASTERN CARIBBEAN STATES (OECS) INVITED DONORS AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES IN THE REGION TO VISIT DOMINICA ON 27 AND 28 SEPTEMBER. THE MISSION SAW AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS AND THE SITES MOST SERIOUSLY AFFECTED AND ON 28 SEPTEMBER MET A LARGE REPRESENTATION FROM GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY OF DOMINICA. IN ADDITION TO UNDP/DHA. THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS WERE REPRESENTED: CANADA, FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES, FAO, EUROPEAN UNION, CAISSE FRANCAISE DE COOPERATION, IADB, IBRD, OAS, AND OECS.

5. INTER-AGENCY TEAM (CDERA, CARIBBEAN DISASTER RELIEF UNIT (CDRU), UNDP/DHA RESIDENT COORDINATOR AND PAN-AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION (PAHO) IS ASSESSING THE SITUATION IN THE REGION.

NATIONAL RESPONSE

6. THE GOVERNMENT HAS ASSESSED THE DAMAGE AND PREPARED A PROGRAMME FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF INFRASTRUCTURE. FULL REPORT AVAILABLE WITH THE DHA DESK OFFICER. THE GOVERNMENT FOCAL POINT FOR THE REHABILITATION IS THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE, INDUSTRY AND PLANNING.

NEEDS FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

7. THE GOVERNMENT ESTIMATES THAT USD 65 MILLION IS NEEDED FOR REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE FOLLOWING SECTORS: SEA DEFENCE USD 22 MILLION, ROADS AND BRIDGES USD 4.4 MILLION, PORTS USD 500,000, SCHOOLS USD 600,000, HOUSING USD 1.5 MILLION (125 HOUSES TOTALLY DESTROYED AND 752 MAINLY LOST THEIR ROOFS) AND AGRICULTURE USD 33 MILLION. FOR THE BANANA CROP ALONE A LOSS OF PRODUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS ESTIMATED AT USD 38 MILLION. THE TOURIST SECTOR AND UTILITIES NEED USD 3.6 MILLION. MOST OF THE COSTS ARE NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE AND OTHER SCHEMES.

8. THE GOVERNMENT GIVES PRIORITY TO:

  • ASSISTANCE WITH THE REHABILITATION OF THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR INCLUDING IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR FARMERS WHO WILL LOSE THEIR INCOME FOR AN ESTIMATED NINE MONTHS.
  • ASSISTANCE IN THE RECONSTRUCTION AND STRENGTHENING OF THE SEA-DEFENCE, PRIMARY ROADS AND BRIDGES, UTILITY INSTALLATIONS, SEA PORT STRUCTURES, SCHOOLS AND TOURISM FACILITIES.
  • TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FROM MULTILATERAL AGENCIES TO IMPLEMENT THE RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME.
  • FOOD AID (STILL TO BE CONFIRMED).
PLEDGES REPORTED TO DHA-GENEVA

UN SYSTEM US DRLS
DHA-GENEVA EMERGENCY GRANT 50,000
UNDP SPR FUNDING 50,000
IFRC SYSTEM (IFRC APPEAL)
GLOBAL RESPONSE PLEDGED AND RECEIVED AS OF 27 SEPTEMBER (CHF 385,634) 335,333
GOVERNMENT/ORGANIZATIONS
EUROPEAN UNION (ECU 400,000 TO PAHO O+ ECU 500,000 TO RED CROSS) 1,200,000
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (INITIAL FINANCIAL RESPONSE FOR DISASTER RELIEF) 80,000
GOVERNMENT OF CHINA (HOUSING RECONSTRUCTION) 200,000
GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE (ECD 250,000 FOR EMERGENCY REHABILITATION + ECD 50,000 FOR REPAIR OF AIR-CONDITIONED UNIT AT THE POLYTECHNIC) 111,111
GOVERNMENT OF UNITED KINGDOM: UP TO (BDDC EMERGENCY AID UNIT) 400,000
CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (CDB) (7 MIO LOAN FOR SEA DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION) (3 MIO LOAN FOR CRUISE SHIP FACILITY DEVELOPMENT) 10,000,000
INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IADB) (150,000 TO SUPPORT CDERA) 150,000

OTHER ACTIONS

9. THE IBRD IS COORDINATING ITS SUPPORT WITH CDB. IBRD WILL DISCUSS REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION NEEDS FOR EASTERN CARIBBEAN IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AT THE ANNUAL MEETING WITH IMF. FAO ASSESSMENT TEAM WILL VISIT DOMINICA TO DESIGN A PROGRAMME FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURAL SECTOR. UNESCO IS CONSIDERING ASSISTANCE TO THE EDUCATION SECTOR IN THE REGION AND INTENDS TO SEND AN ASSESSMENT MISSION TO THE MOST AFFECTED AREAS. USAID AND THE CAISSE FRANCAISE ARE ALSO CONSIDERING ASSISTANCE.

10. DHA IS PREPARED TO SERVE AS A CHANNEL FOR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE USED DURING IMMEDIATE RELIEF PHASE. FUNDS ARE SPENT IN COORDINATION WITH RELEVANT ORGANIZATIONS OF THE UN SYSTEM, DHA PROVIDES DONOR GOVERNMENTS WITH WRITTEN CONFIRMATION OF UTILIZATION OF FUNDS CONTRIBUTED.

11. TRANSFERS OF FUNDS SHOULD BE MADE TO DHA ACCOUNT NUMBER CO-590.160.1 AT SWISS BANK CORPORATION, CASE POSTALE 2770, CH - 1211 GENEVA 2, WITH FOLLOWING REFERENCE: DOMINICA-HURRICANE LUIS, DHA-GENEVA.

12. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF BILATERAL RELIEF MISSION, PLEDGES, CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

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