Martinique: Mobilization of Emergency Resources for Dominica

Martinique: Mobilization of Emergency Resources for Dominica

OECS Media Release

Martinique has mobilized resources to help Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

Martinique expresses solidarity for Dominica

President of the Collectivity of Martinique, H.E. Alfred Marie-Jeanne, and Secretary General, Mr. Patrick Amoussou-Adeblé, paid an official visit to Dominica on September 22 after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

The category 5 hurricane, which passed directly over Dominica on September 18, turned the country into an unprecedented disaster zone with 90% of houses and vital infrastructure severly damaged with no electricity or telecommunications. 

President Marie-Jeanne met with the Prime Minister of Dominica the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit. He reaffirmed Martinique's solidarity and friendship as part of the OECS.

Martinique is directly concerned as an Associated Member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and when the Prime Minister of Dominica calls for assistance we will be there," he said.

Immediate global mobilization

After the passage of Hurricane Irma, President Marie-Jeanne urged for donations to help the severely affected neighbouring islands. Now, with the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, he is once again making a call for support.

“The recent path of Hurricane Maria caused severe damages in Dominica leaving the country and the population in a critical situation. I am calling for the solidarity of every Martiniquan as we launch a new wave of emergenccy relief supplies for Dominica.” He declared. 

A first shipment has already been sent to Dominica comprising vital emergency equipment, two satellite phones, chargers for mobile phone batteries and high-performance LED flashlights as an immediate response to establish communication means and to facilitate the evaluation of priority needs.  Plans for further shipments are currently underway. 

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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