The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department is providing €250 000 in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by hurricane Maria which devastated the island on 19 September.
The relief will include basic kits for survival, clean water and food, construction material and fuel, as well as additional logistical support to reach isolated communities.
An EU humanitarian expert in rapid response is already in Dominica. Additional EU humanitarian technical assistance will soon arrive to support Dominica’s national authorities in delivering relief to the affected population.
To date, among European Union Member States, the United Kingdom, Belgium and France have already offered in-kind assistance channelled through the European Civil Protection Mechanism.
From 1999 to 2017 the European Commission has provided €2 919 216 in humanitarian aid to Dominica, including relief after tropical storm Erika severely damaged the island in August 2015, which cost 30 lives.
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was established in 2011, fostering cooperation among national civil protection authorities across Europe. The mechanism currently includes all 28 EU Member States in addition to Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
The mechanism was set up to enable coordinated assistance from the participating states to victims of natural and man-made disasters in Europe and elsewhere.