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Dominica: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL4756, tabled on 16 January 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 21 December 2017 (HL4321), what level of support they will provide for reconstruction in Dominica following the hurricane damage.

Answered on

24 January 2018

Dominica was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The UK provided £7m in emergency support, including shelter, food and other essential supplies. We have also committed £25m to support reconstruction. These funds will be delivered through the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund, in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank. A Post Disaster Needs Assessment and discussions with the government of Dominica are informing spending priorities, with a likely focus on repairing the island’s water supply system.

The UK will also provide a further £8m to strengthen regional and national level disaster response mechanisms. Some of this funding will be used to provide expertise and oversight of the island’s reconstruction programme so that funds are used in the most effective way. All UK funded reconstruction will support the key principle of building back better, so that Caribbean countries and territories are better able to withstand future hurricanes and natural disasters.