UK promises 12 million to assist Dominica.

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Prince Charles in Dominica
by: Dominica Vibes News

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales speaking to affected residents of Point Michel during his visit to Dominica

The United Kingdom has pledged financial support to Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria, a deadly category 5 hurricane which devastated the island.

This commitment to assist the island, a former British colony, comes on the heels of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ visit to Dominica on Sunday 19 November 2017.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt who accompanied His Royal Highness on his four island tour, Antigua, Barbuda, Tortola and Dominica, where she revealed the UK’s plans to help all of these islands.

According to a press release The Secretary of State set out a new 15 million pound sterling package from which Dominica will receive 12 million pound sterling and Antigua and Barbuda 3 million pound sterling to help in the recovery and long-term reconstruction on the islands.

The support package, which brings the total UK contribution to £92m, will include 10 million pound sterling to help Dominica to rebuild critical infrastructure damaged during the hurricane.

It also includes an additional 2 million pound sterling for early recovery, building on the 5 million pound sterling committed in September, which will support:

• Repairs to homes and roofs, through the International Organization for Migration, to provide hundreds of households with urgent shelter;
• Debris clearance through the UN Development Programme and the National Employment Programme to help establish healthy and safe living conditions in communities, to enable agricultural land to be put to use once again, and to support restoration of economic activity and livelihoods;
• Cash assistance through the World Food Programme, helping those worst affected to meet their needs flexibly and to revitalise the local economy.

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