Dominica to get disaster relief from Mexico

Effects of the Christmas Eve trough in Fond Baron
Effects of the Christmas Eve trough in Fond Baron

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.”


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  1. concerned
    February 10, 2014

    I am wondering, if the victims have already recieved payments, ,, why is the government geting relief funds, one lady showed a check she recieved, and said others recieved much more than her. The government also got homes for those who did not have a place to live for the men time. They will be paying for the rent, that is government.

  2. be wiser
    February 10, 2014

    For those of us who just like to talk. Mexico has the 16 largest economy in the world.It is the tenth largest oil producer in the world.the largest silver producer and is considered an upper middle class country. check Wikipedia for the FACTS.

  3. Joe
    February 9, 2014

    I want to thank the Mexican Government for their timely assistance, it will go a long way in assisting us in our re-building efforts following the Christmas eve trough!!!!

    Please ignore any comments made from all the UNGRATEFUL HATERZ of Roosevelt Skerrit, they are in the minority and don’t even live on island…

  4. love I
    February 8, 2014

    So many Haitians coming into DA and they have to pay too, where is this monies going??????…Money pouring into DA, all should be accounted for and what is done with it…Honesty

  5. wung sung cho
    February 8, 2014


  6. next level
    February 8, 2014

    its not a secret all dominican knows that all the millions of dollars are staying in some big boys pocket and the people who need the help does not see these monies thats why i support for a general audit from date 2000 to 2014 on all the projects this government has undertake because we hear of a lot of millions the poor are even more poor today than before thats why change is a must

    • Joe
      February 10, 2014

      Next Level you are an EDDIOT, if you know so much please tell us how does these millions you speak of gets into the ‘Big Boys’ pocket in the first place?

      You are a DA!!!!! Do you even know how monies are transfered from one country to another??

  7. humble_me
    February 8, 2014

    Those against will never be satisfied. Not even when change comes.

  8. Catarina
    February 8, 2014

    Mexico can’t even take care of it’s own, what do they want in DA?

    February 8, 2014


  10. Simply the Truth
    February 8, 2014

    Nationals should thank the Mexican government for assisting. Therefore, in one accord, let us genuinely say:

    “Thank You Government of Mexico for coming to the assistance of Dominica and nationals who were affected by the disaster, at such a crucial time as this when your help is greatly needed.” God bless you!

    For God loves a cheerful giver. Gratitude to people is gratitude to God. A thankful, grateful heart has a continuous feast.

  11. anonymous2
    February 7, 2014

    Now Mexico….. PM do you have NO dignity? Always looking for handouts which have strings attached and pay offs very likely.

  12. Realist
    February 7, 2014

    Your idiocy is so incredibly obvious it intercepts any fair minded mine to ever consider your thoughts with any credibility.

  13. Fami Wachen
    February 7, 2014

    John, where is the proof to show government corruption. After 14 lost cases you still crying?

    We know UWP was corrupt because they lasted only 4years and there they will remain till doomsday.
    More allyou talk more Skerrit get..Parlezzzzzz

  14. kenny
    February 7, 2014

    Is the money from the Mexican government a loan or a gift
    If it’s a loan I would like to know how is the Dominican government is going to repay the loan and where is the money coming from.

  15. February 7, 2014

    I have to laugh at what I am reading.Mexico is so better off than DA that they are helping us. Are they helping so they can make DA their drug center? Has anyone been to Tijuan to see the number of children begging on the border? How the disco owners are begging people to come to their disco ? How business people are begging people to buy their merchandise? Tell me .Mexico is a drug haven.That is where the drug cartel resides.Is it drug money we are receiving? Is the PM so desperate that he will take any monies? The government of Mexico is corrupt as ever.Watch out Dominicans?Mexico is so poor that the people cross the border to enter the USA.Anyone seen the movie Born in East LA?I need feed back.I have to laugh.Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    • watch dog
      February 10, 2014

      Sorry but its Tijuana. This is not your call to question where the monies are coming from. Can you all sustain your own economy. Why dont you say thank you and let the necessary authorities deal with this. In short stay in your dam lane

    • Joe
      February 10, 2014

      Lookitdere they also assisted St. Lucia and St. Vincent, following the trough and we all said thank you for this gesture, why are you so UNGRATEFUL? Imagine a poor country like Mexico (just using your word) agreed to assist us in re-building after a disaster whilst you and your Big USA yet to make a contribution… You the rich people!!!!!!

  16. Anonymous
    February 7, 2014


    • Joe
      February 10, 2014

      USD$500,000 is equivalent to EC$1.35M

  17. ##D.A.##.
    February 7, 2014

    LABOURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! POWER# EAT your mouse, till you blue vex. Who the cap fit let them wear it. No name no warrant.

    • ##D.A.##.
      February 7, 2014

      YEA RIGHT!

  18. John
    February 7, 2014

    China has “given” with stipulation for possible colonization millions, other countries have given millions too in the past. There needs to be an autit by an outside international organization to investigate who may be pocketing or benefitting personally in the government from all those millions.Seems like the country of Haiti, millions donated and still the people are living in poverty and the politicians are living in luxury and taking trips abroad.Where is the money going.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 8, 2014

      Think further. Generally, promises of donations are not forwarded in full, in a lump sum. Therefore, cease your suspicious mannerism and leave D/ca and the government out of this.
      As for Haiti, there could be some misappropriation of funds with no accountability. On the other hand, some of those who pledged may not have fulfilled their promise.
      The Haitian government should give an account of the amount received and what exactly was done with the millions, if not billions pledged to Haiti. How much did he receive? Actually, the international sector should request it from the Haitian government. He should be given some time to do so. Failing this, they should demand it of him. If he fails to provide it, the authorities who were responsible for sending the money to Haiti should travel to Haiti and request to see the accounts receivable and payable.
      I recall after 9/11, it was broadcasted that the US Red Cross was accused of using donations to furnish their offices (who knows whatever else?) and that the funds were not sent to those it was intended for, the victims and families of 9/11. They had to return the money and apologize. More than one person in authority should oversee such funds received.

    • Joe
      February 9, 2014

      John your comment must rank the highest in the “Foolish Comment” index.

      Please educate yourself….You talk as if the $1.35m is a cheque paid directly in the name of Roosevelt Skerrit so he can deposit it in his personal account at RBC…. How foolish can you be and is even asking for an International Organisation to conduct an audit.. An audit into what?? Into Skerrit personal account?? You people are so full of HATE it start affecting you all ability to use your head!!!!!!

  19. Ann Derass
    February 7, 2014

    Who prepared the estimates for the $45 million of damage from the Christmas eve rains?
    Let’s be honest, where is the $45 million damage. Some years ago a Prime Minister in one of the OECS islands estimated $1 billion worth of damage even before Hurricane Luis passed over the island.
    In the end they got very little international support because the donor community was disgusted with the deception of that Prime Minister.
    Dominica must be careful with inflating the cost of damage for a minor storm because when we get a real hit, it may well be a case of shouting WOLF.
    I can state boldly that Dominica did not suffer $45 million damage from the December trough and I’m prepared to challenge anyone. Bring it on.

  20. February 7, 2014

    why on earth is a prime minster also the financial minister ,well it is a perfect recipe for control change is a must never must this be again, you are prime minister yes but you should not be handling the public purse also

  21. February 7, 2014

    Every money that the PM receive from other countries he should put a little something in a piggy bank for the minister of tourism to repair the streets of Portsmouth. Its rediculose to have a city street in such condition.

  22. Diaspora
    February 7, 2014

    Campaign money. Wait and see where the funds will go.,

  23. Ane
    February 7, 2014

    As usual, the money will be not be distributed on a needs basis. Some of it will be used to buy votes and the rest will be shared between the government ministers.
    You will see another case of the GREEDY benefiting at the expense of the NEEDY.

  24. Why
    February 7, 2014

    We have received so much assistance from countries all over the world, but for some reason we do not see the tripling effects of these monies on the ground. Where does it disappear to? Could it be really true that we have some magician politicians in office who specialize in making money disappear?
    This is just more money to play with and buy votes for the election campaign. Mark my words!

  25. Jim
    February 7, 2014

    For all monies the govt is getting from agencies and other govts if its true , we would be far better off . But there is alot of nonsense going with this monies, its not transparent at all.

    • Discombobulated
      February 7, 2014

      It’s not transparent still? He’s explained what it’s for while the Mexican official is still on the island. How much more transparent do you need to be? But I will admit that it’s not been before. That is one thing.

      • February 7, 2014

        What do you expect the PM to say while the officer is still here it would be better if folks could go directly to the Mexican embassey if we have one for the money instead of it going thru the Govt hands just an idea.

    • John Paul
      February 7, 2014

      Secrecy is a tool of the cunning!Change is a must!

      February 7, 2014

      Well its simple… there’s a difference between what you know and think. if they say the money is for a certain thing and years past and that thing isn’t resolved/repaired then the money was stolen. If its repaired then that’s your transparency.

    • John
      February 7, 2014

      Good point!An outside audit needs to be conducted. Outside meaning from outside Dominica.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 8, 2014

      Do not allow your mind to work overtime. Do you think that Mexico or any other country that promised to help will provide all the money immediately? Enquire about this prior to making accusations. It would be interesting to know.

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