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07BRIDGETOWN1060
2007-08-22 21:25:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Bridgetown
Cable title:  

DECLARATION OF DISASTER: DOMINICA AND ST. LUCIA

Tags:   ASEC  CASC  EAID  ST  DO  XL 
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FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHSJ/AMEMBASSY SAN JOSE IMMEDIATE 0923
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5284
RUEHSP/AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN PRIORITY 9569
RUEHDG/AMEMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO PRIORITY 5863
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						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001060 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/CAR
SAN JOSE FOR USAID/OFDA-CALLAGHAN AND LEONARD
USAID FOR DCHA/OFDA-THAYER AND LAC/AA
GENEVA FOR N.KYLOH, USUN FOR T.MALY, SECDEF FOR SOLIC,
JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC FOR J3/J4/J5, NSC FOR P.MARCHAM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC CASC EAID ST DO XL
SUBJECT: DECLARATION OF DISASTER: DOMINICA AND ST. LUCIA



1. As a result of the passage of Hurricane Dean on August
16/17 the Chief of Mission has determined that the disaster
is beyond the capability of the governments of St. Lucia and
the Commonwealth of Dominica to respond, is of sufficient
magnitude to warrant U.S. government assistance, and is in
the best interest of the U.S. government to respond. The
Chief of Mission is therefore exercising the disaster
assistance authority.



2. A hurricane has occurred and affected both St. Lucia and
Dominica beginning during the night hours of August 16 and
continuing until the evening of August 17. According to
damage assessments from the host governments, USG disaster
specialists on-site, and the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency
Agency (CDERA), there has been widespread destruction in the
agricultural sectors of both countries plus considerable
damage to the housing stock and other infrastructure. Early
assessments state that damage to housing and related
infrastructure in St. Lucia exceeds ECD 800,000 (USD 320,000)
and at least five hundred (500) homes in Dominica have been
heavily damaged.



3. The Ambassador's authority for emergency assistance will
be used to provide the following relief: For St. Lucia, the
immediate supply of fifty (50) rolls of plastic sheeting to
the National Emergency Management Organization; For Dominica,
seventy-five (75) rolls of plastic sheeting donated to the
Office of Disaster Management plus USD 25,000 for the local
procurement of emergency shelter repair materials.



4. Additional funds may be required for additional
infrastructure repair and recovery of the hard-hit
agricultural sectors. The extent of these needs and the
potential for response will be assessed as soon as possible.



5. Official request for U.S. assistance has been made by the
St. Lucia National Emergency Management Organization in
communications to OFDA/LAC and USAID/Barbados and from the
Commonwealth of Dominica Ministry of Foreign Affairs to
Embassy Bridgetown.



6. Host country agencies involved in relief operations are
the above mentioned National Emergency Management Agency (St.
Lucia) and the Office of Disaster Management (Dominica).



7. Embassy Bridgetown reports that no U.S. citizens have
been affected by Hurricane Dean in these islands.



8. Because of the effects of Hurricane Dean, the U.S.
mission is requesting the following support: plastic
sheeting (50 rolls) for St. Lucia; plastic sheeting (75
rolls) for Dominica plus USD 25,000 emergency funds for local
procurement of shelter repair materials.
HOWARD