OECS Commission relief operations after Hurricane Irma and Maria - Update Thursday October 05, 2017

OECS Commission relief operations after Hurricane Irma and Maria - Update Thursday October 05, 2017

Emergency Relief Report Update

Thursday, October 5, 2017 — The OECS Commission continues to mobilise emergency relief to OECS Member States impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The following note summarises operations to October 05, 2017

NB: The National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela have now concluded their successful cargo drop missions into Dominica and an update on their activities will be provided later today 05, October 2017.

1. A shipment of 70 types of medication valued at EC$12,000 was sent by the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service through the assistance of the Ambassador of Grenada to the OECS, Dr Patrick Antoine and was distributed to three specifically targeted communities in Dominica: Soufriere, Scotts Head and Galleon.

2. Landing permission has been obtained to enable a plane from Cuba to land at Douglas Charles airport in Dominica.

3. Support to Dominica has been provided by Khalsa Aid. The UK-based humanitarian organization provided essential items to Anguilla after Hurricane Irma, such as food packs, flash lights and batteries. The humanitarian organisation has now left from St. Lucia to go to Dominica.

4. Arrangements were made with NEMO in St. Lucia (National Emergency Management Organization) to send medical supplies by boat from Amerijet shipment to Dominica.

5. Discussions with the manufacturers of Caribbean Grains have concluded in an agreement comprising a free shipment of flour and feed to Dominica. The containers are being prepared for a departure planned on October 13.

6. The Commission is working with FAO, CARDI and Saint Lucian based agricultural consultant Mr. Peter Dillon to establish seedling projects in Dominica (and the other impacted OECS Member States) to grow seedlings of fast growing food crops such as tomatoes, eggplant, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, spinach, lettuce, cabbage and kale. The project will engage unemployed youth or students studying CSEC Agriculture to help restore food security.

7. A group of seventeen facilitators safely arrived in Antigua and Barbuda on Monday October 01, 2017 to provide psycho social support to children affected by Hurricane Irma. Upon arrival, the team completed the necessary preparation work for the workshop and program with affected children. Facilitators have been out in various zones to provide much needed psycho-social support to children. In an effort to build capacity at the national level, a three day training of trainers program is being conducted concurrently.

Further information will be communicated in the next daily note


A Venezuelan Helicopter drop prepares to leave: (L to R): Former Non-Resident Ambassador to Petro-Caribe and ALBA, Eustace Vitalis, Venezuelan Flight Operations Manager, OECS Director General, H.E Dr. Didacus Jules, Grenada's Ambassador to the OECS H.E Dr. Patrick Antoine and Venezuela's Ambassador H.E Leiff Escalona.
Grenada's Ambassador to the OECS H.E Dr. Patrick Antoine discusses food drop logistics mid flight on the way to Dominica. Photo credit: Janeka Simon
Humanitarian specialists and Members of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces arrive in Saint Lucia
Grenada's Ambassador to the OECS H.E Dr. Patrick Antoine helps distribute relief in Grenada <br/><br/>Photo credit: Janeka Simon
A National Bolivarian Armed Forces C-130 arrives in Saint Lucia with vital emergency aid and humanitarian specialists
Supplies leaving on a Venezuelan military helicopter to Dominica supplied by the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association
Solidarity in the face of hardship: Ambassador to the OECS H.E Dr. Patrick Antoine (centre) with residents and first responders in Dominica
Emergency food supplies reaches a family in Dominica.<br/><br/>Photo credit: Janeka Simon
Grenada's Ambassador to the OECS H.E Dr. Patrick Antoine meets residents of Dominica as part of the relief mission to assist affected residents<br/><br/>Photo credit: Janeka Simon