Government Receives Over $800,000 from India for Disaster Relief
Dominica and the Republic of India established diplomatic relations in 1981 and have been cordial ever since.
The monies are expected to 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, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit announced that the Government of Dominica would assist those affected by providing one hundred per cent of the assessed value to repair dwelling houses, sixty per cent of the assessed value of personal household effects destroyed through flooding and vowed to replace textbooks, stationary, uniforms and other school supplies.
In addition the Government would provide limited assistance to businesses which suffered damage and pay rental cost for a limited period for those who have to be relocated.
The total clean-up cost was estimated at eight hundred and thirty thousand dollars and included clearing of roads, drains and dredging of rivers.
Rehabilitation of infrastructure and mitigation works were estimated at forty-five million dollars.