DEVASTATING: Destruction cause by Tropical Storm Erika
BARBADOS IS donating $100,000 to fellow Caribbean island Dominica to help in the rebuilding efforts following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika on August 27.
Barbados prime minister Freundel Stuart, who is also the Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), revealed in Dominica that each member country had been asked to give at least US$100,000 to Dominica, and that he had already instructed minister of finance Chris Sinckler to make Barbados’ US$100,000 contribution available as soon as possible, reported Barbados Today.
Tropical Storm Erika dumped an estimated 12 inches of rain on Dominica during a six-hour period, causing death and widespread damage to property and infrastructure. The authorities said 31 people have been confirmed dead, with several more still missing and presumed dead.
Dominica’s prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced that the storm had put the country back 20 years and that over EC$650 million was needed to rebuild the damaged infrastructure, according to Barbados Today.
One of the Caribbean’s biggest remittance agencies will also be waiving transfer fees on remittances being sent to Dominica as part of its drive to assist residents on the island.
In a statement Leesa Kow, general manager for JN Money Services, said: “We are aware of the hardships that the people of Dominica are experiencing since Tropical Storm Erika on August 27.
"Therefore, to assist with the recovery efforts, we have waived all fees to send money to the island until September 19.”
The offer is available at specific branches and agents across the country including Manchester, London and Bristol.
“Whenever there is a disaster, remittances to the affected country normally increase; and, in that regard, as many persons outside of Dominica seek to send funds to their relatives and friends, we have taken the decision to waive all remittance fees. This will result in persons being better able to assist their loved ones to get back on their feet,” added Kow.
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