The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced support for its borrowing member countries (BMCs) affected by Hurricane Irma, and for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is coordinating the region’s response to the affected states.
The bank is in the process of providing Emergency Relief Grants to Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, The British Virgin Islands and The Turks and Caicos Islands.
These grants, totalling US$200,000 each, will assist with costs associated with damage assessments and the provision and transportation of emergency relief supplies.
They will assist in providing water and sanitation resources, roofing materials for emergency shelters and community buildings, and temporary shelter for displaced persons.
In addition, CDB has offered immediate response loans of up to US$750,000 to the affected countries.
As the region anticipated the arrival of Hurricane Irma, the bank also approved a fast-tracked grant of US$150,000 to CDEMA to assist with preparations for mobilising and coordinating disaster relief.