Baby food needed for Dominica flood victimsPOSTED: 09/2/15 5:45 PM
St. Maarten -The relief committee for the Dominica flood victims urges the public to assist the relief effort with canned baby food, clothing and educational toys. The committee started collecting items yesterday afternoon on the Pondfill. Volunteers showed up in full force in front of the two containers placed on the ring road to handle the drop off of aid supplies for the victims of Tropical Storm Erika.
Five hundred and eighteen residents were evacuated from Petite Savanne and 121 from Dubique up to August 31 but some persons are refusing to leave their communities. According to Dominicanewsonline.com, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said 409 residents were evacuated from Petite Savanne on August 31 while109 persons were evacuated from that same community on August 30. Petite Savanne was declared a special disaster area and government was focusing significant efforts on that community. Earlier this week, the parliamentary representative for the community, Dr. Kenneth Darroux said that five persons had been found dead while 15 were missing.
Committee representative Romaine Laville told this newspaper that the containers will leave as soon as they are full, he is encouraging the public to think about the kids on Dominica who are in need of food also. Dry goods are welcome, pampers are also needed for youngsters. The committee is working with several disaster relief organizations from Dominica, including the Red Cross there. The committee plans to organize a BBQ on Saturday on the ring road to raise more funds towards the relief efforts. The BBQ will start at 12 noon.