The U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
is providing $25,000 to Dominica through its Office of Disaster Management to
support the local purchase and transport of emergency shelter repair materials
to those areas affected by the recent hurricane. USAID will also provide 75
rolls of plastic sheeting to the island to the help meet its emergency shelter
needs. In addition, USAID will provide 50 rolls of plastic sheeting to St. Lucia
through its National Emergency Management Organization. On August 23, U.S. Chief
of Mission for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Clyde I. Howard declared a
disaster in Dominica and St. Lucia due to the effects of Hurricane Dean.
From August 16 to 17, high winds, storm surge, and flooding resulting from
Hurricane Dean affected the Eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica and St. Lucia.
The hurricane caused significant damage in the agricultural sector on both islands,
according to initial assessments from government officials, USAID disaster specialists,
and officials from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency. Hurricane
Dean also damaged at least 500 houses on Dominica and damaged housing and infrastructure
in St. Lucia.
On August 15, a four-person USAID assessment team arrived in Barbados in advance
of Hurricane Dean's approach to the Eastern Caribbean, and two additional USAID
team members deployed to Dominica and St. Kitts.
USAID will monitor the situation and provide additional assistance as needed.