Dominica. In June, riot-equipped police clashed with angry protesters in the Salisbury community on the west coast of Dominica. Parts of the locals had blocked the area’s main road in protest of the overhauled maintenance of the road network and the government’s disinterest in addressing the problems.
In August, tropical storm Erika pulled over Dominica, causing great devastation. Heavy downpours flooded the country’s airports, and in the capital Roseau, the river of the same name flooded and swarmed large parts of the city. Buildings and roads were destroyed and over 30 people lost their lives. According to COUNTRYAAH, Roseau is the capital of Dominica which is located in North America. The storm was the worst disaster of this kind to hit the country since Hurricane David in 1979. To help the country cope with the difficult situation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) granted a US $ 8.7 million loan in October. The loan is of a kind that can be given to poor countries in emergency situations.
In May, Dominica, along with four other members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – announced that they have launched a joint project to reduce poverty in the OECS countries. The project is supported by the United Nations Development Program UNDP and funded by Chile. In the same month, an agreement was signed that allows Dominica’s citizens to spend shorter periods in the EU countries without a visa.