Text help available for storm-torn Dominica

LIME users in Cayman can now help people in Dominica after the island was devastated by Tropical Storm Erika last month. 

Cable & Wireless Communications, which owns LIME, has launched a region-wide relief support campaign for the eastern Caribbean island. According to a statement from the company, customers can text the word “HELP” to 4357 to donate $1 per text message. 

The Associated Press reported Friday that Dominica’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said a preliminary assessment of the effects of the storm on Dominica showed that damage to basic infrastructure alone amounts to nearly half of the country’s $500 million GDP. Repairs to roads and bridges across the eastern Caribbean island would total more than $226 million.  

Some 371 homes on the island, which has a population of 72,000, were destroyed. The Aug. 27 storm killed at least 31 people and 35 others were still missing, as of Friday. 

In a letter to Prime Minister Skerrit, John Reid, president of Cable & Wireless Consumer Group, offered the company’s support for the people of Dominica in the recovery effort. 

As part of the company’s regional efforts to help out the island, LIME in Cayman sent a supply of polo and T-shirts to residents there. 

According to the Cable & Wireless statement, technicians have been “working around the clock to expedite the restoration of full communications service including Mobile, Fixed and Internet.” The company also offered $5 free credit to its prepaid customers in Dominica to enable them to contact family and friends. 

According to Mr. Reid, “We stand as partners in the recovery process and remain committed to working with the Government of Dominica to restore the island to a state of normalcy within the shortest possible time frame.”