The European Union is providing an additional €500,000 (EC$1,600,000) in humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by Hurricane María on 18 September 2017, via the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). María, a category 5 hurricane, hit Dominica leaving more than 70,000 people in need of urgent relief. This additional humanitarian aid complements an initial grant of €250,000 (EC$800,000), which was allocated in September to alleviate the affected population’s most urgent needs (basic kits for survival, clean water and food, shelter material and fuel, as well as logistical support to reach isolated communities).