Over 2000 Dominicans Remain In Shelters

Sherine Williams, Journalist | October 12, 2017 6:23 am MDT
A woman walks in the street of Roseau, capital of Dominica, which is struggling to overcome the severe impact of two category 5 hurricanes which tore through the region in September 2017.
Photo Credit: UNICEF/Moreno Gonzalez
More than 2000 Dominicans are living in shelters following the devastating impact caused by two category 5 hurricanes last month.

According to a United Nations (UN) report, housing remains the most urgent need for Dominicans, who are also in dire need need of water, electricity, food and supplies.

The UN, which is carrying out an array of activities in the Eastern Caribbean country, says an estimated 23 percent of Dominican homes have been flattened, 39 percent sustained severe damage, and a further 28 percent have been affected to some degree.

The report said the human situations in the shelters are painful, adding that some people are staying with relatives and friends.

The UN is assisting Dominica through activities including supply delivery, coordination of shelter management, and pipelining international donations. Two UN organizations have also released nearly $500,000 to bolster shelter.

Many Dominicans are still returning to their homes to salvage their belongings and clear debris during the day, but sleep in shelters or with host families.
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