Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Destruction in Dominica: 'we have lost all what money can buy' says PM

...island hit by Cat 5


HURRICANE Maria made a direct hit on the island on Dominica overnight with its Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt saying that his country had been stripped of “all what money can buy”.

The Category storm continues to pound the island at daybreak, with little communication.

However, Prime Minister Skeritt shared with the world what was happening in a series of Facebook posts, one of the first being: “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.

In the early hours today, he wrote: “Initial reports are of widespread devastation. 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.

So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have 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.

Come tomorrow morning we will hit the road, 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”.

HURRICANE Maria made a direct hit on the island on Dominica overnight with its Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt saying that his country had been stripped of “all what money can buy”.

The Category storm continues to pound the island at daybreak, with little communication.

However, Prime Minister Skeritt shared with the world what was happening in a series of Facebook posts, one of the first being: “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.

In the early hours today, he wrote: “Initial reports are of widespread devastation. 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.

So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have 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.

Come tomorrow morning we will hit the road, 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”.

- Richard Charan (Multimedia Editor)