Relief Efforts for Dominicans affected by Tropical Storm Erika (@CAHFT)

00-dominicaSeveral groups and members of the Dominican Diaspora in the Greater Houston Area, The Caribbean Student Organization at Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas, several Caribbean organizations and The Dominica Houston Association have come together to lead a joint effort to provide flood relief to the island nation of Dominica which was battered by Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday, August 28, 2015. They are asking for donations of supplies to aid the victims of these deadly storm.   Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Erika has caused devastation on the Caribbean island of Dominica, leaving at least 12 people dead and more than 20 missing, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Friday. Erika has wreaked havoc on the island.  Skerrit said Erika caused “extensive damage” across the small island after floods wiped out roads and swamped villages. He expressed particular concern for Petite Savanne, a community hit by mudslides that rescuers haven’t been able to reach. “This is where many are feared lost,” Skerrit said.  

Authorities are focusing on search-and-rescue efforts, with other countries in the region providing helicopters and other assistance.  Skerrit said the task of repairing Dominica’s “dramatically affected” infrastructure would come later, estimating that the cost of fixing homes, roads, bridges and other structures would run into tens of millions of dollars.

Erika caused rivers to overflow and roads and bridges to collapse on Dominica. An elderly blind man and two children were killed when a mudslide engulfed their home in the southeast. “Another man was found dead in the capital following a mudslide at his home but the cause of death could not immediately be determined,” said Police Chief Daniel Carbon. People on the island told of narrowly escaping being engulfed by water as Erika downed trees and power lines as it unleashed heavy floods that swept cars down streets and ripped scaffolding off some buildings.

The Dominican Diaspora and the Caribbean Community in Houston send their heart-felt sympathies to the families who lost the loved ones as a result of Erika.  They are requesting donations of the following supplies:

 Monetary donations can be made at the following link:

    • Non-Perishable Food Items

Several drop-off locations have been established to receive donations of these items above, with daily drop-offs from Monday August 31, 2015 – Friday September 4, 2015:

    • Island Spice Restaurant – 17802 W Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77084 – (281) 859-1499
    • Caribbean Cuisine Restaurant – 7433 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77074 – (713) 772 8225
    • Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill – 8270 W Bellfort Blvd, Houston, TX 77071 – (713) 777-1566

Donations will also be received at the following events in the city:

    • Soca Passion – Club Taylors: Friday August 28, 2015, 9:00pm – 2:00am – 13100 S Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX 77045 – (713) 728-9800
    • Club Riddims – Saturday, August 29, 2015, 1:00pm – 6:00pm – 8220 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77071 – (713) 779-0033
    • Avani Lounge – DJ Spinoff – Saturday, August 29, 2015, 9:00pm – 2:00pm – 5711 Hillcroft St D-6, Houston, TX 77036 – (713) 781-9300
    • Uptown Hookah Bar – 1st Friday Caribbean Style – Friday September 4, 2015 – 9:00pm – 2:00pm – 5706 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77056

For more information please contact Collette St. Rose-Christmus, President Dominica Houston Association:Phone: 713-775-1025cbannis@yahoo.com.  You may also contact Makaza at 832-274-6039, Tasha at 713-530-4876 or Julie at 713-775-1025.

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