ROSEAU, Dominica -- Technical officials from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and other agencies paid a special visit to Dominica on Sunday to get a first-hand impression of the technical needs of the country following last week’s torrential rains that affected several communities in the south of the island.
The team, headed by executive director Ronald Jackson, met with officials from the Office of Disaster Management, the Ministries of National Security and Public Works as well as other government agencies.
The mission team also comprised representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Regional Security System (RSS), the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).
On Sunday, the team had the opportunity to visit communities affected by the heavy rains and floods that impacted the island last week.
Permanent secretary in the ministry of national security, Nicholas Bruno, said on Monday that, following the tour, the CDEMA team had a better understanding of the immediate needs and priorities of the country.
“The main purpose of the mission was to gain a better understanding of what occurred in the various islands to identify technical support needs and also to explore medium to long term requirements for the various islands,” Bruno said.
He said the team was able to identify technical support priorities and identified the medium and long term support requirements.
“We also looked at some of the possible support that is available. Ian King who is the programme manager at the UNDP was also part of the discussion and he sought to identify areas for support through the UN system. He spoke of some of the meetings that his organization has had with the donor community,” he added.
The CDEMA team last weekend also visited other affected countries including Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Following last week’s trough system, the CDEMA Coordinating Unit has been in discussion with the Sub-Regional Focal Point in Barbados and the affected countries regarding the priority needs.
The broader CDEMA System has also been responsive to the needs of affected states.
Given the extent of the impact on the individual countries, the Regional Response Mechanism has been mobilized to provide specific, targeted support in the areas of health, agriculture and national emergency operations centre support.
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