URGENT: Relief efforts for Dominica in the wake of the devastation left by Tropical Storm Erika
Washington, DC – On August 24, 2015, Tropical Storm Erika caused devastating loss of life and destruction of property on the island of Dominica. The Board and staff of Caribbean Central American Action would like to convey sincere condolences to the people of Dominica for the heavy toll that the storm has taken.
With over 12 inches of rain falling within a 12-hour period, flooding and mudslides washed away infrastructure and property on the island-nation of approximately 72,000 people. Today there are significant numbers of displaced people who have lost their homes, and many communities remain inaccessible as a result of destruction to roads and bridges.
CCAA urges the public at large to visit the website of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) for a full assessment of the impact of Erika, and current needs. CDEMA can be found at www.cdema.org. The latest public advisory is accessible here.