Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that the Government of Mexico will make an initial contribution of EC$1.35-million to the Government of Dominica.
The monies will go towards dealing with the effects a trough system which affected Dominica on December 24, 2013, according to a release from the office of the prime minister.
The system caused major damage in the southern part of the island and was concentrated in the Roseau South, Roseau Valley and Soufriere Constituencies.
Following an emergency Cabinet meeting on Friday, December 27, 2013, the prime minister announced that the Government of Dominica would assist those affected in the following ways:
1. Provide one hundred per cent of the assessed value to repair dwelling houses
2. Provide sixty per cent of assessed value of personal household effects destroyed through flooding
3. Replace textbooks, stationary, uniforms and other school supplies
4. Provide limited assistance to businesses which suffered damage
5. Pay rental cost for a limited period for those who have to be relocated
The total clean-up cost was estimated at $830,000 and included clearing of roads, drains and dredging of rivers.
Rehabilitation of infrastructure and mitigation works were estimated at $45-million.
Mexico’s Foreign Minister, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, is presently in Dominica for high level talks with the government.
The two sides met at the Fort Young Hotel on Friday morning and the meeting has been described as “fruitful.”