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Hurricane-hit Dominica recovering despite power, economic troubles

Three months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria delivered a major blow to the island of Dominica, life is resuming on the Caribbean island.

Schools are open, and food and water needs have been met. But only 10 per cent of the homes have electricity and the two main job areas — agriculture and tourism — have been badly hit.

Veronique Durroux speaks by phone to Luca Renda, UN Development Programme (UNDP) team leader and head of UN crisis management on Dominica, about the situation and UN efforts to help.

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'Long road to recovery' for Dominica, Barbuda, despite pledges

It’s going to be a “long road to recovery” for the hurricane-struck Caribbean islands of Dominica and Barbuda, despite a successful pledging conference at UN Headquarters this week.

That’s the view of Stephen O’Malley, UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, who attended the conference where pledges worth more than $2 billion were made, including loans and debt relief.

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Remote health centre teams in devastated Dominica need support

Medical staff trying to keep basic services going on the devastated Caribbean island of Dominica urgently need support, including reliable food supplies.

That’s the plea from Clemens Buter, team leader in Dominica for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in an interview on the hurricane-ravaged island, with UN News.

He said that 29 out of 49 health centres suffered “severe” damage when Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck the island on 18 September.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session.
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‘To deny climate change is to deny a truth we have just lived’ says Prime Minister of storm-hit Dominica

Pleading with all countries in the United Nations General Assembly – large and small, rich and poor – to come together to save our planet, the Prime Minister of Dominica, where the landscape, ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes “resembles a warzone,” said his and other islands in the Caribbean need help now to build their homelands back better.
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Hurricane island expat: I still haven’t heard from Dominica relatives

A UN worker in Geneva who is from one of the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Maria has spoken of her fears for her family there, whom she has been unable to contact.

Sylvie Castonguay, who works for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, was speaking after the Category Four hurricane hit Dominica at the start of the week, reportedly killing at least 15 people.