BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, September 22, 2017 (CMC) – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) is providing EC$806,000 in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, earlier this week.
The relief will address urgent needs and will include basic kits for survival, clean water and food, construction material and fuel, as well as additional logistical support to reach isolated communities.
In a statement, today, the EU said a humanitarian expert in rapid response, is already in Dominica, while additional EU humanitarian technical assistance is scheduled to arrive, shortly, to support the national authorities in delivering relief to the population.
“This is the time when friends show solidarity to the countries affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. I commend the resilience and dignity of Dominicans at these harsh times. We will spare no effort in contributing to the reconstruction of the beautiful island of Dominica,” said the EU’s ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Daniela Tramacere .
In the aftermath of the devastation, to date the European Union Member States of the United Kingdom, Belgium and France have already offered in-kind assistance that will be channelled through the same European Civil Protection Mechanism.