The World Bank Supports Response and Reconstruction in the Dominican Republic Following Hurricane Fiona – Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2023 – The World Bank today approved a US$200 million loan to the Government of the Dominican Republic to continue supporting the Dominican Republic’s emergency response and recovery needs following the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona. This funding will provide more support to affected communities and strengthen the country’s institutional capacity to manage climate risk and chart a more sustainable, inclusive recovery path.

“The World Bank responded immediately to the request of the government of the Dominican Republic to continue supporting the recovery and reconstruction needed after Hurricane Fiona. This support will be key to further assisting affected areas, reducing the financial and economic impact of disasters and improving the country’s capacity to respond to future natural hazards.” said Dominican Finance Minister Jose Manuel Vicente.

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In September 2022, Hurricane Fiona slammed into the Dominican Republic with strong winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour, causing heavy rains, severe flooding and extensive damage to livelihoods and critical services. It affected over 1.4 million people and caused widespread damage to public infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and housing.

The Hurricane Fiona Emergency Response Project in the Dominican Republic will mainly focus on continuing support to the population of the eight most affected municipalities (Hato Mayor, La Altagracia, La Romana, El Ceibo, Monte Plata, Samana, María Trinidad Sánchez and Duarte) , rebuilding livelihoods, improving vital public and community infrastructure and reducing the vulnerability of communities to natural hazards and the negative impacts of climate change.

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“Disasters have a greater impact on the poorest households and pose significant risks to the economic stability, security and well-being of the population,” said Alexandria Valerio, World Bank Representative for the Dominican Republic. “Through this project, we will work closely with the Dominican Republic to support the families affected by Fiona, as well as medium and long-term development goals that allow the country to become more resilient in a more inclusive and sustainable way.”

The project will benefit 70,000 people in the most affected areas with timely assistance, as well as around 300,000 people through public and community infrastructure improvements. The project will also provide at least 54 local authorities with access to land management tools that will enable better risk management at the municipal and national level and follow the guidelines of the recently adopted Land Management Law.

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Activities will also focus on strengthening geospatial information systems for disaster risk assessment and adequate response. The entire Dominican population will benefit from improved government capacity to respond to disasters and emergencies.

Contacts

In the Dominican Republic:

Alejandra de La Paz

[email protected]

In Washington:

Yuri Szabo

[email protected]

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