Dominica: Emergency appeal after Tropical Storm Erika

تم النشر: 15 سبتمبر 2015 5:11 CET

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal for 979,749 Swiss francs to support the Dominica Red Cross Society (DRCS) in assisting 3,000 families (12,000 people) affected by Tropical Storm Erika.



The island of Dominica sustained significant damage due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday, 28 August. A band of torrential rain caused by the system resulted in the 6 to 8 inches of rainfall in less than twelve hours and triggered massive flooding and several landslides.

Families have lost their homes to the damage incurred from flooding and landslides, which has also resulted in the loss of lives, personal belongings, and total destruction of subsistence crops.

Preliminary assessments following Tropical Storm Erika have revealed that Dominica suffered over half a billion dollars in damage to its infrastructure. As of 3 September, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has confirmed 12 people dead, 22 missing and 20 injured. There are approximately 574 people who have been left homeless, and 713 people were evacuated from Petit Savanne. There were eight emergency shelters opened with approximately 411 sheltered people.

Initial damage and sector assessments and relief distribution activities are being conducted by various ministries to further examine the level of impact. With a high probability of more rainfall, it is important for detailed assessments to be conducted as a way of building community resilience, as well as informing the National Society contingency planning processes.  Multi-sector assessments were conducted on 3 and 4 September in 18 communities by the Dominica Red Cross operation manager, 70 volunteers, the French Red Cross delegate and the IFRC emergency shelter officer.

There is cause for serious concern that additional storms or hurricanes will not only hamper relief efforts, but also increase the level and urgency of needs.  As the peak of the hurricane season approaches, there is a threat for weather systems to exacerbate the vulnerabilities of the population. There is a high risk that evacuation centres already established in affected areas will be damaged or destroyed. This situation highlights the humanitarian needs across the island, increasing the challenges for relief and recovery operations. 

More information:

Summary of the Appeal

Emergency Appeal