France is on the ground in Dominica after Hurricane Maria
After a preliminary aerial reconnaissance mission (see article above) and the dispatching of a reconnaissance and assessment echelon, the French rescue teams in Dominica have increased: some sixty rescuers, firemen and emergency physicians disembarked from the Frigate "Ventôse" on September 22 and set up their base at the Windsor Park Stadium. Their heavy equipment were immediately on ground to, among other rescue missions, distribute 24 tons of drinking water, 2.5 tons of food supplies, cover 1500 m² of torn roofs, notably the Princess Margaret Hospital, take care of emergencies and evacuate patients to the hospitals of Martinique and Guadeloupe and reopen road in the south-west area entrusted in their care by the international coordination of relief, in the direction of Soufrière and beyond.
After their initial emergency missions, the team began its gradual withdrawal on September 27 to give way to the European Union, whose disaster management team (EUCP Team) is currently deployed.
In addition, the French Embassy has delegated a consular office in Roseau to coordinate the relief and care for the French citizens who are resident in Dominica. As of September 27, this unit has been able to assist 46 French nationals. This unit has just been strengthened by elements from Paris.
11 additional tons of humanitarian aid will be delivered to the Dominican authorities, in the coming days, to meet the emergency needs for relief to the population and rehabilitation operations.