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OECS Brussels, EU partner to help Dominica

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Monday, 16 October 2017

OECS Brussels, EU partner to help Dominica

The Embassy of Dominica in Brussels (member of the Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States) is working closely with the EU Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), to trigger the EU’s emergency response system to assist Dominica by providing both monetary and material aid for hurricane relief. The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) is providing EC$806,000 (250,000 Euros) in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island on Sep. 19. The relief will address urgent needs and will include basic kits for survival, clean water and food, construction material and fuel, as well as additional logistical support to reach isolated communities. The OECS Brussels Mission under the auspices of the OECS Commission was also able to confirm offers of emergency relief supplies from the UK, France and Belgium governments. Among the many supplies on route to Dominica are 100 tents, 11 chain saws, 270 picks, 370 tarpaulins, 2080 blankets, 5667 solar lights, 50, 000 aqua tabs, 1280 shelter kits, 1612 kitchen sets, and 1560 hygiene kits.

Source: stluciatimes