The British ship RFA Lyme Bay is on its way to Dominica

The British ship RFA Lyme Bay is on its way to Dominica

The United States of America the United Kingdom are among countries providing aid to Dominica.

The United States Embassy in Barbados said USAID is in the process of providing humanitarian assistance totaling USD$50,000 for the immediate supply of storm-related disaster relief supplies. Working through the Dominica Red Cross, USAID will provide essential relief items to citizens in nine hard-hit areas identified by the government of Dominica.

USAID/OFDA has deployed a four-member assessment team to provide initial damage assessments and needs analysis.

The team is expected to be joined by Regional Advisor John Kimbrough, and Disaster Response and Management Specialist, Audrey Mullings, who will provide on-island coordination of the United States Government’s disaster response efforts, including helicopter reconnaissance

Additionally the UK Department of International Aid said a British ship is sailing to Dominica with relief supplies.

The Department said the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay has been rerouted to assist humanitarian relief efforts here.

The British ship is carrying a range of disaster relief stores including bedding, shelter, torches and stretchers, as well as a Lynx Mk 8 helicopter and considerable supplies of fresh water.

RFA Lyme Bay is stationed in the Caribbean and as part of its primary task, acts as a first responder in the event of a disaster in the region.

British Member of Parliament Justine Greening said, “It is clear that Dominica has borne the brunt of this storm, with a number of deaths already confirmed and hundreds of people made homeless. Roads, bridges and health clinics have been affected and large parts of the island are without water and electricity. Part of RFA Lyme Bay’s tasking is to respond to just this sort of emergency and the ship is already en route to assist with relief efforts. As well as essential supplies and helicopter support, the ship can also provide vital expertise to help clean-up operations and recovery efforts.”

Victoria Dean, British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, said: “We’ve been very saddened in the UK to see the devastation that this tropical storm has had on Dominica. The UK Government is working hard to offer the very best support we can. Our Department for International Development (DFID) has already committed £300,000 in immediate humanitarian aid and I’m very pleased that a British Government ship, RFA Lyme Bay, is on its way now to Dominica with further emergency supplies and expertise. Our thoughts and prayers are with all Dominicans.”