From August 16 to 17, high winds, storm surge, and flooding resulting from Hurricane Dean affected the Eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica and St. Lucia. The hurricane caused significant damage in the agricultural sector on both islands, according to initial assessments from government officials, USAID disaster specialists, and officials from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency. Hurricane Dean also damaged at least 500 houses on Dominica and damaged housing and infrastructure in St. Lucia.
On August 15, a four-person USAID assessment team arrived in Barbados in advance of Hurricane Dean's approach to the Eastern Caribbean, and two additional USAID team members deployed to Dominica and St. Kitts.
USAID will monitor the situation and provide additional assistance as needed.
For more information about USAID, please visit: http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/disaster_assistance/.