Relief supplies were sent from the port of Novorossiysk to Dominica on the night of 14 December following a request of the Commonwealth of Dominica and order of the Russian Government. The vessel is carrying more than 174 tons of food, construction materials, mobile power stations and tents. By the end of the month another 61 tons of humanitarian aid is going to be sent to Dominica.
In September the island was hit by devastating hurricane Maria which ripped off roofs and severely damaged many buildings. Gusting winds toppled trees and power lines leaving many people without power. Driving rains caused floods.