Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) provides funds for hurricane Maria and Irma relief efforts in the Caribbean

Oct 13, 2017

Governments in several Caribbean countries are starting to rebuild infrastructure, housing and communities after Hurricane Maria and Irma left catastrophic damage.

To help countries and communities respond, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is harnessing its core resources to support assessments, coordination and recovery planning in Maria and Irma-affected countries.

A dozen UNDP crisis recovery experts have also been deployed to the region and are immediately available to provide assistance.

In response to the recent catastrophic effects of hurricane Maria and Irma in the Caribbean, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China has provided funds totaling US$5 million to UNDP to assist in post disaster restoration assistance.  

In the past 20 years, China has become a major contributor to international emergency relief efforts, building on its own domestic experiences drawn from dealing with a frequent multitude of natural disasters and sharing these experiences and solutions with the world under the framework of South-South Cooperation.

UNDP welcomes the emergency support provided by MOFCOM, 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 SSC Framework.

UNDP has joined forces with sister UN agencies, funds and programmes in deploying first-response teams. This includes a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team, to strengthen national capacity to assess damage to critical infrastructure including water and sanitation and coordinate relief efforts, as well as a UNDP Disaster Reduction Specialist.

UNDP is also collecting donations online to help women and men in Irma-affected countries rebuild their lives: https://give.undp.org/Irma

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