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USAID/DCHA Caribbean - Hurricanes Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoCD, WFP, and relief actors distribute 150 MT of food assistance as of October 10

  • USAID transitions to early recovery activities as humanitarian conditions improve

  • Water and electric network repairs continue to progress, facilitating the reopening of markets in urban areas

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Communities throughout Dominica are receiving ongoing distributions of food assistance, transitional shelter support, and safe drinking water. The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GoCD) and international response stakeholders are coordinating efforts to address potential gaps in assistance to ensure that all populations in need receive support, according to the UN. As of October 10, the GoCD, in coordination with the UN World Food Program (WFP) and other relief actors, had distributed a total of 150 metric tons (MT) of food, benefiting an estimated 50,000 Dominicans, or approximately 70 percent of Dominica’s residents.

  • To meet the basic needs of hurricane-affected Dominicans, local authorities continue to repair water and electricity networks across Dominica. Services in urban areas have been partially restored, allowing markets and some businesses to reopen. In three rural towns, USAID/OFDA partner Samaritan’s Purse has installed water chlorination and filtration equipment that produces approximately 5,600 gallons of water per day, providing an average of more than 2,100 people with access to safe drinking water each day.

  • The USAID Caribbean Hurricanes Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) successfully concluded field operations in the region on October 9. While continuing to monitor humanitarian needs, USAID has transitioned focus to early recovery activities. A field-based USAID regional team, including three USAID/OFDA disaster risk management specialists supporting response coordination at Dominica’s Emergency Operations Center, will continue to support relief activities.