Thursday 12 December, 2019

Hurricane Maria: Widespread devastation in Dominica

Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says there are initial reports are of widespread devastation across the island following the passage of Hurricane Maria last night.

"So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains," he posted on his Facebook page. 

Skerrit said so far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person he has spoken to or otherwise made contact with.

"The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside," he said. 

Skerrit said he will hit the road first thing on Tuesday morning as soon as the all clear is given, in search of the injured and those trapped in the rubble.

"I am honestly not preoccupied with physical damage at this time, because it is devastating...indeed,mind-boggling. My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured. We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds.

"It is too early to speak of the condition of the air and seaports, but I suspect both will be inoperable for a few days. That is why I am eager now to solicit the support of friendly nations and organisations with helicopter services, for I personally am eager to get up and get around the country to see and determine what's needed," he appealed.

Hurricane Maria is currently making landfall in Guadeloupe.

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