EU pro­vides ad­di­tional €500,000 in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Do­minica

The Star (St. Lucia) - Business Week - - CORPORATE HANDS -

The Euro­pean Union is pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional €500,000 (EC$1,600,000) in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Do­minica, fol­low­ing the se­vere de­struc­tion caused by Hur­ri­cane María on 18 Septem­ber 2017, via the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s Direc­torateGen­eral for Euro­pean Civil Pro­tec­tion and Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid Op­er­a­tions (ECHO).

María, a cat­e­gory 5 hur­ri­cane, hit Do­minica leav­ing more than 70,000 peo­ple in need of ur­gent re­lief.

“We aim to in­crease our sup­port to fam­i­lies who are dis­placed and liv­ing in col­lec­tive cen­tres or with host fam­i­lies since the hur­ri­cane, and are in need of shelter, food and wa­ter,” said An­droulla Kam­i­nara, ECHO’s Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions for Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean. .

The ad­di­tional aid will pro­vide im­me­di­ate shelter and house­hold ma­te­rial for 5,000 vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies in Do­minica. Shelter kits, as well as hous­ing re­pair ma­te­ri­als, train­ing and tech­ni­cal sup­port will be pro­vided to the most vul­ner­a­ble whose homes have been dam­aged.

Daniela Tra­macere, EU Am­bas­sador to the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of East­ern Caribbean States, said, “The EU has been com­mit­ted since the very be­gin­ning to sup­port Do­minica af­ter the tragedy. We are now com­mit­ted to fur­ther as­sist Do­minica in early re­cov­ery and re­con­struc­tion.”

This ad­di­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian aid com­ple­ments an ini­tial grant of €250,000 (EC$800,000), which was al­lo­cated in Septem­ber to al­le­vi­ate the af­fected pop­u­la­tion’s most ur­gent needs (ba­sic kits for sur­vival, clean wa­ter and food, shelter ma­te­rial and fuel, as well as lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to reach iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties).

Since 1999 the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has pro­vided €2,919,216 in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Do­minica, in­clud­ing emer­gency re­lief af­ter Trop­i­cal Storm Erika se­verely dam­aged the is­land in Au­gust 2015, leav­ing 30 peo­ple dead.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Saint Lucia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.