Dominica Gives Over EC $500K to Assist Haiti and Bahamas Post Matthew
Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Hon Prime Minister, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, has committed US$100,000 each to hurricane-stricken Haiti and Bahamas.
The Dominica leader led a delegation to Haiti and the Bahamas on a fact- finding mission on Monday 10th October.
Dr. Skerrit was accompanied from Dominica by Government's advisor on disaster management, Cecil Shillingford and was joined in the Bahamas by CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin Laroque; Executive Director of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency—CDEMA, Ronald Jackson and other technical staff.
The Hon Prime Minister reported that Haiti was severely affected in the towns of Les Cayes and Jeremie.
He explained that schools and health centres were severely affected.
“Coupled with the destruction of Hurricane Matthew there is an outbreak of Cholera in Haiti and there have been deaths associated with that particular disease,” he added.
Prime Minister Skerrit, however, was hearted by the positive response of the international community to the plight of Haiti. Dominica has committed US$100,000 to assist.
“We also have to assist Haiti in ensuring that the response to Hurricane Matthew is not only in respect to the immediate assistance but Haiti is going to need a sustained commitment to rebuild homes and rebuild better infrastructure to be able to withstand any category of hurricane in the future,” he said further.
Meanwhile, the visit to Bahamas revealed that two islands; Grand Bahama and Andros were severely affected by the storm.
“There was not one home that was not affected by this storm and peoples’ entire livelihoods have been blown away and washed away by sea water … sea water went as much as 1.3km inland with heights ranging from 4ft to 6ft of water,” he explained.
The Hon Prime Minister also committed US$100,000 to the government of Bahamas.