Dominica's Prime Minister Says Hurricane Maria Left 15 Dead

Tuesday, 26 Sep, 2017

Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica confirmed on Thursday that at least 15 people were killed and some 20 were missing when the hurricane Maria attacked the country on Monday. It abandoned most basic maintenance in recent years, leaving the island subject to regular blackouts.

Skerrit, who wasn't scheduled to attend the 72nd U.N. General Assembly, announced that he will travel to NY tomorrow to ask U.N. member nations to support the recovery efforts in Dominica. The eye of the storm is expected to pass near the island of Dominica on Monday evening.

Fifteen people have been buried in Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

An early post read: "We do not know what is happening outside".

The storm damaged hundreds of homes with its strong winds.

"We are very mindful that others and colleagues in the region felt its full force and our thoughts are very much with them at the moment".

"The scale of what has happened is just extraordinary and unprecedented", Ms Patel said of what she saw. Details remained sketchy about the evacuation with communications hampered after the storm.

Presumably this was by ham radio or satellite phone, which was the means used by Henry in the wee hours of this morning to make contact with Skerrit, who, like the rest of Dominica, has been severely exposed by the hurricane.

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"We shall survive by the grace of God", Skerrit wrote. Those communities will have to be accessed via helicopter or by sea, he said. "We have been there before and we will be there again", Benjamin said.

"Almost all the banana plantations on the island have been affected", prime minister Edouard Philippe said after an inter-ministerial meeting.

Governor Ricardo Rossello said the hurricane was "the most devastating storm in a century" adding that it could take months to restore power to the island.

The damage caused by Hurricane Irma is preventing relief agencies like Hirtac from accessing areas most affected by the storm, including South Caicos, where some areas are nearly totally destroyed.

"Our overseas territories are British territories with British citizens and that is why we have this incredible operation, including the MoD, DfID and the Foreign Office, making sure we can help these countries pick themselves up and stand on their own two feet again".

Skerrit said family members of another dialysis patient told him that if they don't get him out, he will soon die. She and her disabled son planned to spend the storm with relatives because their home is made of wood, and she prayed that it would not be destroyed.

Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it poses the most danger to the hurricane-battered Caribbean.