Dominica has received a contribution of EC$810,000 (US$300,000) from India which will go “towards dealing with the effects of the trough system which affected Dominica on December 24, 2013.”
On Christmas Eve 2013, Dominica was affected by a trough system which caused major damage in the southern part of the island.
Damage was concentrated in the Roseau South, Roseau Valley and Soufriere constituencies.
Following an emergency Cabinet meeting on Friday, December 27, 2013, Prime Minister Skerrit 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
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.
Dominica has so far received assistance from the Kingdom of Morocco, Mexico and the People’s Republic of China for those affected by the trough system.
Dominica and the Republic of India established diplomatic relations in 1981.