Structures destroyed by the passage of Hurricane Irma in Orient Bay, on the island of Saint-Martin, September 7, 2017
The damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in Saint-Martin and Guadeloupe in early September are estimated at nearly two billion euros, said Tuesday the Ministry of Overseas.
The state „estimates the amount of damage caused by the passage of Irma and Maria on the islands of St. Martin and Guadeloupe to 1.956 billion euros,“ according to a statement from the Ministry of Overseas.
The Minister Annick Girardin went on Tuesday to Brussels „to give the European Commission a request for activation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (FSUE)“ which aims to cope with major natural disasters and express the EU solidarity with the affected regions, the statement said.
The island of Saint Barthelemy, which was also affected, is „not eligible for the EUSF but may possibly benefit from other aid schemes of the European Union, including the European Development Fund“, is it still indicated.
„The evaluation of the amount of the EUSF contribution for Saint-Martin and Guadeloupe will be the subject of exchanges between the State services and those of the European Commission,“ the statement said.
The damage in Saint-Martin and Guadeloupe was estimated after an evaluation conducted by the General Inspectorate of Administration (IGA) and the General Council of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CGEDD), itself updated by the evaluation conducted with data from the Central Reinsurance Fund, the ministry said.
On 6 September, hurricane Irma devastated Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, killing at least 11 people.
On September 18 and 19, Maria struck Guadeloupe, causing the death of at least two people, and Martinique, but caused its greatest damage in Dominica and the US territory of Puerto Rico.