Wednesday , October 4 2023

Statia and Saba start collection for disaster-stricken Dominica

In Saba, as well as in St. Eustatius, items are being collected among persons in the community to assist residents of disaster-stricken Dominica writes The Daily Herald.

The Caribbean island was devastated by tropical storm Erika last week, leaving more than 20 people dead and dozens more missing.

The storm hit the island of 72,000 people last week Wednesday, triggering mudslides and fl ooding that destroyed roads, bridges and homes. Between 10,000 and 20,000 people have been affected and nearly half of the island is without electricity, according to the Red Cross.

Nine local areas of Dominica have been declared disaster zones by the island’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, who called the destruction “monumental.”

Anyone who would like to donate goods in St. Eustatius are asked to drop off items to be shipped to Dominica at the Tourism Offi ce in Fort Oranje or at Mega D Foundation in Queen Beatrix Street, no later than Friday.

Among much needed items are: canned goods, juice, pampers for children and adults, wipes, toilet paper, clothing, soap, toothpaste, brushes and sheets.

Seventh Day Adventist Church is also organising a collection. Items can be dropped off at the church grounds. The goods will be delivered where most needed in Dominica.

Residents of Saba who would like to donate items can do so by delivering their donations to the home of Island Governor Jonathan Johnson and the Government Administration Building in The Bottom. The items will be delivered to St. Maarten by the Dawn II. There, they will be shipped to Dominica via the Red Cross.

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