UWP Fashion Show raises US$5,000 for Dominica Dominica declares disaster status, appeals for aid, after Erika left many dead last week
On Saturday August 29th, 2015 the United Workers Party (UWP) hosted a successful fundraising fashion event dubbed “Flambeau Fashion Show” at the Coco Palm Hotel in Rodney Bay.
The sold-out event’s initial intent was to raise funds for part of an ongoing drive to help vulnerable and less fortunate citizens. However, after news of the devastation that took place in Dominica during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, the Party Executive felt it necessary to donate all the funds raised at Saturday’s fashion show to the People of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Party stalwarts and members of the Executive strutted down the catwalk, which was specifically erected for the occasion over the hotel’s pool. Models wore an array of gold and yellow outfits in keeping with the theme of the evening.
According to the political leader of the UWP, Mr. Allen Chastanet, other relief items will be donated to Dominica along with the funds raised.
“We are so grateful that so many people came out in support of the event, particularly when they heard that the funds would be donated to the people of Dominica. It goes to show that we are a caring people,” said Allen Chastanet.
The funds and additional supplies will be officially handed over to the People of the Commonwealth of Dominica in a few days.
Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday 27th August caused floods and massive mudslides that killed at least 31 people and left more than 35 missing on the island of Dominica.
Officials have since evacuated several people out of the town of Petite Savanne, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. Evacuations were carried out by boat because of damage to roads and bridges. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that all of the residents of the town in the country’s southeast would be evacuated.
Skerrit also declared disaster status for nine local areas. He said that the extent of the devastation was “monumental.” “Access by road to these communities is impossible,” he said.
Erika lashed the island for more than five hours bringing strong winds and intense rain that provoked flooding and landslides. Hundreds of homes were destroyed.
Skerrit appealed for international aid and estimated that damage from the storm could set the country’s development back two decades. He said that repairs to roads and bridges across the island will total more than $226 million. He added that it will cost about $4 million to clear debris and more than $14 million to rebuild the Melville Hall Airport, one of two in Dominica.
“Every piece of equipment at the airport has been destroyed beyond use,” Skerrit said.
The overall cost to the island, which has a GDP of about $500 million and a population of 72,000, is likely to be higher. The preliminary estimate does not include the cost to replace 371 homes that were destroyed, mostly in the southeastern community of Petite Savanne.
A team from the World Bank was in the country conducting a more detailed damage assessment but it has not yet been released.
Guy Joseph displays his role on the
Dominic Fedee, a UWP hopeful at the upcoming general elections,
escorts a model.
Dominica begins the monumental task of rebuilding
after Tropical Storm Erika.