Supplies from Barbados arriving in Dominica. Photo: nationnews.com

Supplies from Barbados arriving in Dominica. Photo: nationnews.com

President of the Regional Council of Martinique launched Operation Caribbean Solidarity in response to the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica.

According to a press release from Cabinet du Président, Operation Caribbean Solidarity has been gathering donations since August 29. The fund will continue until September 3.

Serge Letchimy will travel to Dominica on September 1st with the Prefet of Martinique and public works specialists, the release said.

It added that the French Red Cross, which collaborates with the office of Disaster Management of Dominica, will distribute the numerous donations on September 4.

Meanwhile, Barbados is also lending support to Dominica. According to www.nationnews.com, the first of a number of sailing missions from the Barbados Coast Guard vessel, the HMBS Trident arrived here on August 31.

The vessel brought life-saving supplies, electrical equipment and personnel who will assist in helping the electrical and telecommunications sector.
The report also said that the Tridents’ sister ships, the HMBS Leonard C. Banfield and the HMBS Rudyard Lewis will be making alternating trips to and from Dominica with supplies.

In addition to the arrival of the Coast Guard Vessel, a search and rescue team from the Barbados Fire Service, officials from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are also on island and two staff members frim ITU arrived in Barbados from Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday, the Nation’s report stated.

The Union, an arm of the United Nations, will be providing much needed satellite phones and remote wireless internet connection to assist in the recovery and rescue efforts, the report continued.