Over 90 percent of buildings were affected in both islands; nearly 5000 women, men and children are still residing in collective centres.
“UNDP welcomes the emergency support provided by the Government of China, which will provide critical support to UNDP in providing post-disaster early recovery assistance to both Antigua and Barbuda and the Commonwealth of Dominica under its South-South Cooperation Framework,” said Chisa Mikami, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
“This initiative includes a training component as part of a build back better approach emphasizing low-cost, environmental, disaster-resilient and mitigating measures. The strategy is to place affected communities at the centre of recovery efforts to build more resilient island nations, which is even more urgent with the next hurricane season only eight months away,” Mikami added.
Senior UNDP teams are on the ground in Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda to coordinate the UN-wide recovery efforts and support government requests as part of their strategy to build back better.
UNDP is also collecting donations online to help women and men in Irma-affected countries rebuild their lives: https://give.undp.org/Irma
China supports Caribbean countries building back after hurricanes