EU Releases US $8 million in Hurricane Maria Recovery Support to Dominica

ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday November 26, 2018 – Hundreds of households across Dominica that were devastated by Hurricane Maria’s passage last year will be entitled to repairs as part of a multi-million-dollar aid package from the European Union (EU).

The EU has announced the release of a 7.7 million euros (US $8.7 million), the first tranche of a total of 11 million euros (US $12.5 million), as part of its contribution to the reconstruction of the country following the devastation caused by the hurricane when it hit the island in 2017.

“This contribution from the European Union will assist us with the ongoing rehabilitation of communities throughout Dominica as we seek to reconstruct in a Climate Resilient way. It will also ensure that the more vulnerable of the population are catered to as the process of rebuilding their lives is painstakingly undertaken from day to day,” said Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

With this grant the EU will support the construction of two emergency shelters in the Castle Bruce and Jimmit areas and the rehabilitation of 1000 houses in various affected communities. The reconstruction will be carried out exclusively according to the Building Back Better approach and to the highest resilience standards.

In addition, the grant will also support the Government in its revision of sector policies to include climate change adaptation practices and to reduce disaster risks while facing extreme weather events, in line with Dominica’s new National Resilient Development Strategy.

This is the second post disaster reconstruction grant Dominica will receive from the EU in three years, in addition to ECHO Humanitarian aid, following the 8.9 million euros (US $10.1 million) provided for the rehabilitation of the water and energy infrastructure after Tropical Storm Erika in 2015.

Dominica has been under hard trial during the last few years, but it is encouraging to see the mobilisation and the commitment of all Dominicans to rebuild the country as a truly resilient nation. As a European citizen I am proud that we stand together with the Dominican people and other members of the international community in this important endeavour”, said Ambassador Daniela Tramacere.