Updates from the Government of Dominica Press Brief of 25 September 2017

Note: There will be a daily brief at 10 am.

  • Special charters from Barbados landing at 11 am at the Douglas Charles Airport. Relief supplies will be sent to undisclosed area to then distribute to cut off areas only.
  • Dutch and British ships docked will be filling water trucks to supply to communities to ensure they have a bulk supply.
  • PMH to be fully powered by tomorrow Tuesday 26th.
  • DOMLEC will focus on powering the essential service first, then move on to private residences.
  • DOWASCO’s main supply at Antrim is under works. The tanks are already full as they were shut off before Hurricane Maria. It will be functional tomorrow evening where there will be an assessment of leaks.
  • DOWASCO’s pipes at Marigot are mostly intact. Once access has been made, water will be restored.
  • Water system recovery at Portsmouth is still ongoing. Water is available in Veille Case. The Belles, Penrice, Sylvania water system will be fully restored tomorrow.
  • Digicel has 3 sites functional with limited service from Pointe Michel to Jimmit.
  • FLOW has service at DBS, Roseau, Canefield and Morne Daniel with coverage as far as Coulibistrie.
  • Vehicle access:
    • Melville Hall to Roseau through Canefield on to Castle Bruce through the KT.
    • Pond Case to Hatton Garden access will be functional by the end of the week.
    • Melville Hall to Portsmouth road is open.
    • Good Hope to Roseau is open.
    • Roseau Valley to Trafalgar to Roseau access by the end of today.
    • Roseau to the Wall house junction is open.
    • The Grandfond and La Plaine roads to Roseau are accessible.
  • Palestine Aid is in Marigot, providing hot meals and water etc.
  • There will be a call for persons to clean the roads. UNDP has committed $3 Million to facilitate the payment to these persons. There will be further information given within the communities where persons can show interest in doing so.
  • Confirmed deaths: 27, Confirmed missing: 27, Unconfirmed missing: 18 A list will be made public by tomorrow (tentatively).
  • Four prisoners escaped last night (3 on remand and 1 serving a term). 2 have been captured and are currently nursing gunshot wounds at the PMH.
  • 46 arrested looters. 86 arrested for breaking curfew. Curfew has changed from 4pm to 6am to 4pm to 8am.


Professor Bevin T. Etienne Joins Rebuild Dominica as Director of Technology Operations & Education

Rebuild Dominica, Inc. is happy to welcome Professor Bevin T. Etienne as Director of Technology Operations & Education.

Professor Etienne holds joint appointments at the McIntire School of Commerce and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

He has extensive teaching and course development experience in the areas of sustainability, entrepreneurship, energy, and engineering design, and emphasizes the importance of capacity building in promoting sustainability and social entrepreneurship in developing countries and the role of open source in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Professor Etienne has 13+ years of experience in the development of renewable energy technologies and their deployment; economics and financing of wind, biomass, geothermal, and solar PV power plants; life cycle analysis and technology tradeoff for renewable energy systems; optimization modeling of energy systems, with a focus on the supply and demand side management of energy; grid integration; and the impact of policy on the financing and development of renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects. He performs sustainable energy market research to identify industry trends and technological advancement that present business opportunities that satisfy the social, environmental, and economic requirements for sustainable development.

Before joining McIntire, Professor Etienne was an Assistant Professor at Penn State University, where he taught and developed entrepreneurship courses in the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs.

Before his university appointments he founded clean energy start-up ventures and also worked as an energy consultant to both private and public-sector clients.

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