Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has appointed Baroness Patricia Scotland to serve as the country’s International Efforts Relief Coordinator, with immediate effect.
The announcement comes as Dominica grapples with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika which dumped in excess of 10 inches of rainfall over a six-hour period on August 27.
In his letter announcing the appointment, Skerrit said efforts have been ongoing to mobilize international relief effort and Scotland’s appointment will ensure a focused and organized relief program, especially from foreign benefactors.
Meanwhile the Government has announced it is recognizing and endorsing the following GoFundMe.com page in the wake of the disaster:
T.S. Erika Relief Fund for Dominica
So far 20 people have been confirmed dead after the passage of Erika. Several communities remain cut off from the rest of the island while a number of locations have been declared ‘special disaster areas.’ Resident of the community of Petite Savanne have been ordered to evacuate with immediate effect.