Two months after Tropical Storm Erika left a trail of destruction across Dominica, Jamaica is assisting the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state with J$50 million worth of supplies.
The donation of bridge infrastructure and materials was initiated by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and represents a joint public/private sector partnership.
The donation includes two Bailey-bridges from the National Works Agency (NWA), six tons of steel from Tank-Weld, and 18 tons of cement from a combination of interests. Oslo Bulk will ship the items to Dominica.
Minister of State in the Transport Ministry, Richard Azan, said the donation is the largest ever contribution of relief items by Jamaica to another country.
“It is a big thing that Jamaica is in a position to respond to our sister Caribbean territory in this way. We are grateful to God that we ourselves have been spared from disaster this season and we are thankful for the opportunity to help our neighbour,” he said.