Dominica gets disaster relief from India

People examine damage from the trough
People examine damage from the trough

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
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.

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.


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    March 11, 2014

    this must be a typographical error.$10,000EC is not the equivalent of $300,000US

  2. boneass
    March 11, 2014

    How India heard about us? Skerrit called them?

  3. March 11, 2014

    I am in a total shock to read that India is capable of helping another country…We must be thankful for that also because it is a very good gesture…None the less in as much as we are in internet I would like to send a message to the gov’t in India ,never forget that charity begins at home,to many people are hungry,homeless,sick ,children are stolen from their families to work in brothels or homes for prostitutes,some people are treated as casts or low class people ,do some thing about that ,it is time to care for your own people ,not only on election day..sick people are dumped like rubbish on the side walks to die without any help from the gov’t ,help others but help your own people also.What goes around comes around…

  4. Anonymous
    March 11, 2014

    how much of that going in the H…. bank

  5. Uk
    March 11, 2014

    For the people for the country or for their pocket
    Past experience it maybe questionable :?:

  6. Cyrique
    March 11, 2014

    I’ve been to India many times. Whilst I truly believe that we have a very proactive Government I wonder what it will cost us for our gratitude in the long run. India is riddled with poverty and corruption. The UK and other European Countries constantly give aid to India. This is so bizarre !! I just hope that we don’t see hundreds followed by thousands of Indians coming to DOMINICA and slowly take over our beautiful Island like they have in Guyana and Trinidad!!! They’re slowly working on St Thomas & St Croix!! There are places in the UK & the US where they’ve already taken over & politically strong. (I’m not scaremongering!) WATCH OUT!!!! God bless DOMINICA

    • PointMReppin
      March 20, 2014

      A hungry Indian man will see a 400 pound cow walk right past him…and instead of him chop d ting fi eat he will sit down and pray to it. :-|

  7. wait a minute
    March 10, 2014

    As soon as i read the headline, a pain just went through my heart. i do understand that a country needs grants and donation but ALAS! India? Just last week i watched a documentary on this country of the high rates of poverty, homeless and slums in the country. Could one imagine only now some places are getting light, portable water and roads? AWA PM that one take me that you would beg a motherland that bearly can afford to feeds its own. Its like taking a poor man`s money. So many donation i heard that D/A has gotten for that relief fund? So Dominica cannot take care of its own relief? AWA that one hurt me. I am a supporter but ALAS we r that badly off?

  8. March 10, 2014

    Hey you people just don’t know how to be grateful, if India know that their country needed the money why would they give, India has their systems and if they want to help ,who are we to refuse the help. India has been overpopulated in years so I guess they are use to it and knows that if they help someone else in time of need maybe their help will come from God himself.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 10, 2014

      We never know when and where disaster will strike and which country will be next.
      We are the world. We are the people of the world. We must help each other in time of need. This is the way it should be. India recognizes that. Thanks to India!

    • Mary Black
      March 11, 2014

      They will be needing Dominica to take quite a lot of Indian to reside in the country when the time come. I help you and you pay back also.

  9. March 10, 2014

    It’s tempting to say hooray for free money, but India’s per capita GDP is only one quarter what Dominica’s is. Many Dominicans struggle, but many in India struggle even more.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 10, 2014

      Every country, no matter how rich or poor has a certain contingent of funds to assist in times of disaster.

      • Simply the Truth
        March 12, 2014

        ‘… contingency funds’ set aside to help other countries in any part of the world, if needed. This is what it means to help your neighbor.

    • boneass
      March 11, 2014

      Taking candy from a baby…. :lol:

  10. karla
    March 10, 2014

    india have so much poverty theirself lol lol what can i say my lips are sealed

    • Simply the Truth
      March 10, 2014

      Keep it sealed for you know nothing and appear not to be willing to learn anything. :twisted:

    • boneass
      March 11, 2014

      India sealed them?

  11. March 10, 2014

    Good one Trevor

    45 million assed damage. lol c’mon Now
    thats almost 200 new homes at 225 thousand per home. wow .
    Now id really like to see the 225 dollars in damage, done to 200 buildings. ( where is it?)
    If there were 45 million done in damages people there wont be a Roseau left.
    Really, is that how blatant we estimate now ?

    • Simply the Truth
      March 10, 2014

      Some people’s houses especially the new ones are worth more than you think. No criticism.

  12. Trevor Fabien
    March 10, 2014

    Thank you India for the funds which I hope will actually go towards the people of this country which have been most affected by the bad weather. :-D

    I pray to God that this money actually gets to the less fortunate and is not swindled.

    Anyway, I best not say anything else before I get in trouble, ha ha.

    Thank you PM and India.ha ha

    Anyone other countries want to step up to help us, just check the PM :-D :-D .
    He is the only one who holds the purse so he’s the man

    • sense
      March 10, 2014

      Is that you would do with the money,swindle it?You must be more honest and strait thinking with your comments!

      • Trevor Fabien
        March 11, 2014

        Sense, common sense please and attention to detail. I never advocated the swindling of any funds received from India or any other country.

        I said that, I hope it is not swindled so please read my comment again.

    • karla
      March 10, 2014

      trevor fabien ha ha u kill me :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • Trevor Fabien
        March 11, 2014

        Hi Karla.

        I think this is the way forward. I am going to try and find the comedy and funny side of things that go on in this country. Laughter is always good medicine. You got the funny side to my comment but not everyone will and they might crucify me, :-D :-D :-D

        But hey, its all good :-D :-D :-D :-D

    • Simply the Truth
      March 10, 2014

      :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  13. Anonymous
    March 10, 2014


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