Recovery operations continue in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and other hurricane-affected countries in the Caribbean, after the September 2017 passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria
USAID/OFDA partner Samaritan’s Purse (SP) supports economic recovery in Dominica
Tropical Storm Beryl crosses Dominica on July 8–9, causing minimal damage
Hurricane Maria’s passage in September 2017 severely damaged or destroyed more than 90 percent of buildings and damaged more than 40 water systems in Dominica, according to the UN. Amid ongoing recovery activities, USAID/OFDA partner the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continues to support critical shelter repairs and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities, including in Dominica and throughout hurricane-affected islands in the Caribbean.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, USAID/OFDA partner Samaritan’s Purse facilitated access to safe drinking water for an estimated 10,800 hurricane-affected people per day and USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) provided emergency food assistance to approximately 25,000 food-insecure individuals in Dominica.
In June, USAID/OFDA contributed an additional $870,000 for the Caribbean hurricanes response, including $750,000 to support emergency repairs to damaged fisheries in Dominica. Cumulatively, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $22.5 million in FY 2017–2018 funding to assist populations in the Caribbean affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.