The Dominica Red Cross has acquired a mobile water filtration plant which is expected to be operational over the next few days.
The plant will be used to provide potable water to persons who have been hard hit by Tropical Storm Erika which struck on August 27. A number of communities have been without potable water since the storm.
Head of Dominica Red Cross Society Kathleen Pinard-Byrne said the plant has already arrived in Dominica and has the capacity to provide potable water for 4, 500 persons. After consultations with DOWASCO, it was decided that the plant will be placed in Grand Bay.
She said the arrival of containers of relief supplies to Dominica was expected to start on Tuesday.
Pinard-Byrne noted that the Society had to assess the damage to determine the external assistance necessary for Dominica. The society then sought assistance from the French Red Cross of PIRAC and the Pan American Disaster Response Unit. According to her, four delegates are now in Dominica assisting the Dominica Red Cross Society with the preparation of a work plan and a draft disaster emergency fund appeal.
Further, Pinard-Byrne said a number of communities were visited for damage needs assessments. She said boats were necessary in order to access certain communities that could not be reached by land. The boats were made available by Digicel.
Additionally, she revealed that the Red Cross was able to disburse 200 parcels of food in addition to water, hygiene kits and clothing.
Further, the Red Cross has been in communication with USAID to discuss funding in relation to evacuated residents who may not want to return to Petite Savanne.