The Dominica Marine Association is appealing for help from the yachting community following a storm that killed at least 11 people and caused widespread devastation.
Tropical Storm Erika struck the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island of only 289 square miles in the Caribbean, on 27 August.
Hubert Winston, President of the Dominica Marine Association,said the storm caused ‘widespread catastrophic damage and death.’
He said: ‘Twenty people are confirmed dead and others are still missing. Damage to homes and local businesses has left hundreds homeless and many without a means of income.
‘Many major bridges were destroyed and the roadways have been rendered impassible. Access to essential services including communications, electricity and clean water has been severely disrupted.
‘To compound matters, the main airport on the island was severely damaged, keeping much needed relief supplies from getting to those who so desperately need relief.
‘Dominica Marine Association is appealing to the international marine and yachting communities to assist us in any way possible.’
For yachts interested in bringing in supplies such as diapers, baby formula, baby bottles, bottled water, nonperishable food, dry food, school supplies, battery operated lamps, batteries, personal hygiene goods, and more, please notify the Dominica Marine Association before entering port (Roseau or Portsmouth) so all Custom duties would be waived once you arrive.
Anyone wishing to send monetary donations, can do so from this Crowdfund link:
Mr Winston added: ‘All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the Dominica Red Cross, the Dominica Marine Association water taxi efforts, and to the office of Disaster Management.
‘We would be grateful if you can find it in your heart to assist us in this great time of need.’
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The Dominica Cruisers Facebook Group is a good source of up to date information for any cruisers heading to Dominica.
For the latest news on the current situation in Dominica visit the International Rescue Group website.