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, 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.