China offers US 300,000 in aid to storm-hit Dominica

A broken Batalie bridge
A broken Batalie bridge

The People’s Republic of China has offered US$300 000 in cash as emergency assistance to the Commonwealth of Dominica following the passing of Tropical Storm Erika.

“We will continue to provide assistance according to the changing situations,” one Chinese correspondent told Dominica News Online (DNO) on Tuesday.

The monies he said will go towards emergency humanitarian assistance to help with disaster relief.

He also stated that Chinese Ambassador Li Jiangning expresses his great sympathy with the loss of all Dominicans on this devastation caused by tropical storm Erika.

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34 Comments

  1. December 11, 2015

    Thank you China. Coming over to Dominica in January to thank you in person.

  2. Clayton FELIX
    September 2, 2015

    Thanks for your help China

  3. Dominican american
    September 2, 2015

    Thanks China thanks in s million ways though I
    Don’t live on the island am fearful

  4. kisses
    September 2, 2015

    U mean dats all the big and mighty china giving? Dont.they know just to fix their “friendship” bridge its goin to cost.more than that?

  5. Conerned Citizen
    September 2, 2015

    I was expecting china to come running to us, eh eh, is dem dat build those old bridges, now they should be correcting their mistakes

    • the fly
      September 3, 2015

      JOHN, when you were a baby your mother should have chuck you out with the bath water. :twisted: :twisted:

  6. September 2, 2015

    There some lazy Dominican just sitting behind there Computers they are
    just taking nonsense .Some of you are very ungrateful and don\’t know when to say thank you.
    Guys you are giving DA a bad name internationally. I WILL SAY IT FOR YOU THANK YOU CHINA….

  7. Sandw
    September 2, 2015

    If you read the international news, then it is very obvious that a lot of countries are needing aid for many reasons. It’s not all about Dominica. I for one am very grateful for this donation, and would like to thank the Country of China.

    Those who are ungrateful for Aid or foreign help should be ashamed.

    I donate where I can, but if somebody does not say a simple “thank you” then they don’t get a second chance.

  8. Oli
    September 2, 2015

    So why don’t you contribute for the other half???

  9. I, Me, & I First
    September 2, 2015

    I hope that $300,000 was not the loan we (Skerrit) signed with that Chinese Investment Group in 2013, for the refurbishment of the airport to be built at the old location the DFP had chosen, to build a hospital, and to build a hotel. Mr. Embassy needs to clear the air on this like he did the last time.

  10. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 2, 2015

    Cable-Stay Suspension bridges should be mandatory for all bridges that span our rivers. These bridges will allow water to flow underneath unimpeded compared to the current design that we’re using. A good example is the old Bath Estate Bridge. It’s still standing after all these years.

  11. September 2, 2015

    Thank you again China!!! @john wallace your greed and selfishness consumes you.

  12. dunce
    September 2, 2015

    Wow,am in Dominica and am seeing that picture for the first time. The river not only took the bridge but portion of land on both side of the bridge. Building back that bridge means building back the roads and serious defence walls.

    • LawieBawie
      September 3, 2015

      Well one of my criticisms of Dominica’s infrastructure has always been the bridges. I have always felt that this was going to happen one day because every last one of our bridges have been constructed too low and with their foundations too close to the rivers which they are supposed to be passing over. I am no engineer, but I am a physical planner and in my humble opinion it appears that these bridges need to be built higher, then arc down on either side onto foundations which are at a considerable greater distance away from the rivers than they are now. This does not mean that the bridges would be 100% safe from an Act of God, however it certainly would taking a lot more doing from the river to achieve this level of destruction. Such bridges are expensive to construct but will work out cheaper in the long run, particularly in light of the fact that the frequency of extreme weather events is increasing exponentially as climate change is being experienced globally.

  13. countrygirl
    September 2, 2015

    China didn’t even reach in their pockets. I hope they realize they are very responsible for the weakness of most of the new bridges that were washed away at the first surge of water. The old machourie bridge has been standing from day 1, and that is the bridge that had to be dusted off and put into use again.

    • the fly
      September 3, 2015

      countrygirl, blame,blame,blame, no wonder some people see us blacks as stupid because of people like you give them some rum and they will be OK.

  14. PrayforDA
    September 2, 2015

    How much money did you give john wallace.
    We need all the help we can get, do some good instead of criticizing.

  15. OH My! Thank you ever so much. A friend indeed.

  16. yes
    September 2, 2015

    Well the way they build bridges in DA it may build 10 or 20

  17. The Calabash
    September 2, 2015

    Ps…this pic is sobering and speaks to the tough task ahead.

  18. The Calabash
    September 2, 2015

    Please…say thanks and be grateful. No one owes us any charity.
    These are just direct funds to take care of current, emergency needs.

    More structural, longer term support may be forthcoming.

  19. john wallace
    September 2, 2015

    cheap skates only 300k US, That can’t even build 1/2 a bridge

    • Jo
      September 2, 2015

      Yes but it could build 4 crappy bridges.

    • mano
      September 2, 2015

      Why. God help us.

    • mano
      September 2, 2015

      Why. God help us.. DNO you are part of it showing that Pic.

    • ww
      September 2, 2015

      How much money will you be donating?

    • Oli
      September 2, 2015

      So why don’t you contribute for the other half???

    • Justkum
      September 2, 2015

      It’s a real shame comments like this one is published..I find it in real bad taste. It’s this terrible attitude of entitlement that sometimes blinds poor people to remain in a state of retardation and needy-ness..Say thanks to the Chineses and move on..

    • anony
      September 2, 2015

      John, why couldn’t you just reread this part?
      “We will continue to provide assistance according to the changing situations,” one Chinese correspondent told Dominica News Online (DNO) on Tuesday.

      Makes you look like an idiot.

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      Did you not read what was stated? China will continue to provide assistance according to the changing situation.
      China is not the only country helping. China has already immensely assisted Dominica.
      A thankful heart has a continuous feast. Be grateful; be thankful and also that you probably were not affected by this storm or not as much as others.
      Furthermore, I would not call anyone cheap. When disasters strike, many countries come to the rescue and assist other countries.. How much money do they have to give every time disasters strike? They have their internal problems.
      Did you not read that recently explosions occurred in China? Many of its people are also displaced because of it.
      $US 300,000 is a lot of money; it is not even $EC. Let your words be kind and to those who generously assist Dominica.

    • Thanks
      September 2, 2015

      How much have you contributed? Ungrateful B……..

      Thanks to all those who have helped us in this time of need

    • Really
      September 3, 2015

      That is EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE silly that is not for reconstruction

    • the fly
      September 3, 2015

      JOHN, when you were a baby your mother should have chuck you out with the bath water. :twisted: :twisted:

  20. believer
    September 2, 2015

    DA needs all the assistance it can get at this difficult time.
    Thanks for your help China.

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