Dominica PM confirms at least 15 killed in hurricane Maria attack

Pauline Gross
September 24, 2017

Dominica is struggling to recover from the effects of the hurricane.Some of the devastation caused when Hurricane Maria tore into Dominica on Monday night.The island has been clogged with debris, including branches and trees which were stripped of their barks by Maria's extremely strong winds.

At least 15 people were killed on the island, with six deaths elsewhere in the Caribbean as the storm continued its destructive path north on Friday.

For people overseas hoping to find information on the island, the Prime Minister said the Missions in London and Washington would be setup to provide assistance.

Rossello has called Maria the most devastating storm in a century after it destroyed the United States territory's electricity and telecommunications infrastructure.

Maria has been blamed for at least 33 deaths, including 15 in Dominica, three in Haiti and two in Guadeloupe.

"Our concern is to make sure we are completely ready for what we might need to do in Turks and Caicos", he said.

Maria was the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, in almost 90 years.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami says data from reconnaissance aircraft showed maximum sustained wind speed increasing Thursday to 125 miles per hour, up slightly from 120 miles per hour.

He said in some communities they were able to visit, about 16 other people are missing.

Puerto Rico's electricity network has been crippled by the storm and engineers say it could take months for power to be fully restored. "Farmers recount to me they were at their homes, their roofs went, they went to shelter somewhere else and that roof also went, so there was very little escape", Skerrit said.

On Tuesday the executive director of the Barbados based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson said that based on historical knowledge of Dominica and the fact that the eye of storm swept across the island from southeast to northwest, there would be "billions of dollars" in damage, with virtually every one of the estimated 70,000 population directly or indirectly impacted. All available public buildings are being used as shelters; with very limited roofing materials evident.

Heavy rains and high winds began hitting the archipelago on Thursday afternoon.

As rescue workers accessed the island by boat and helicopter, Dominica remained largely cut off from the outside world.

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