CDB offers Emergency Relief Grant to Dominica
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced a US $200,000 Emergency Relief Grant for Dominica in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika.
Heavy rain from the storm claimed 20 lives and caused islandwide destruction, leaving several communities cut off as a result of damaged roads and bridges.
A statement from the CDB says the funds are being made available under the CDB’s Disaster Management Strategy and Operational Guidelines, and is aimed at assisting the country in its response to the disaster.
The Bank stated further that Emergency Relief Grants are coordinated through the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, based on damage and needs assessment, and in coordination with the development community.
“We are saddened by the loss of life and how the disruption caused by this storm will affect the lives of Dominicans,” vice-president of operations at CDB, Patricia McKenzie said.
“We are in touch with the Government of Dominica; working with CDEMA and are standing by to provide concessionary financing, in addition to the grant, to help the country rebuild,” she said.
The CDB has previously provided similar grants to St Vincent and the Grenadines, which suffered extensive damage from a trough system in December 2013; the Bahamas, Jamaica and Haiti following the passage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The Emergency Relief Grants was also made available to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Relief Agency (CDERA) in 2007, to assist countries affected by Hurricane Dean.