The state-operated National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) is spearheading Grenada’s relief effort for Dominica, which suffered massive damages and loss of life last week following the passage of Tropical Storm Erica.
NADMA Coordinator, Terrence Walters told THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Tuesday that Grenadians reacted with speed to come to the assistance of their Brothers and Sisters who were badly affected in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
“The response has been good. So far we have received several items – water, foodstuff and toiletries,” he said.
“I want to thank all of Grenada, the business community, volunteers and private sector for their contributions,” he added.
Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt has announced that the damages done have setback the country by about 20 years.
The storm, which brought with it 12 inches of rain in less than 10 hours, killed 20 people with many more still unaccounted for.
A 40-feet container is scheduled to leave Grenada on Sunday with non-perishable items donated from citizens around the country.
Several Boxes have been placed at strategic locations like MNIB, supermarkets operated by Andall and Associates, Foodland, Food Fair, and Real Value for the donations of the items that will be shipped on Sunday.
A Dominica Relief Fund has been set up at the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited (GCBL), with account number 121004900, to receive monetary donations for the badly hit Windward Island.
Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele along with Deputy Commissioner of Police, Franklyn Redhead, as well as an engineer and pathologist were deployed to Dominica last Sunday to help access the situation and to render whatever help was needed.
According to a release from the Government Information Service (GIS), Minister Steele brought along with him water and non-perishable food items.
The Health Minister was able to visit a number of the devastated sites, including the PetroCaribe Plant and the island’s main airport.
According to the release, the senior government minister reported that the damages seen were “not easy on the eyes”.
“I and my team have been moved by the level of devastation that we saw throughout Dominica. It is clear that they will have a long road back, but we are rooting for the Dominican people to build back better just as we did after Hurricane Ivan,” Steele was quoted as saying.
“The Dominican people have been tireless friends of the Grenadian people; and this long history of solidarity between our two countries will only be strengthened in the wake of this disaster,” he added.
The release also stated that Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in his capacity of Chairman of the OECS Authority appealed to member countries of the sub-regional grouping to commit at least “US$100,000 dollars” each to aid in relief efforts for Dominica.
PM Mitchell is also proposing that member states with Economic Citizenship Programs seek donations from “high net worth individuals” who are resident in the OECS or their philanthropic foundations in amounts ranging from US$100,000 to US$500,000 to assist the people of Dominica.