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Dominica President condemns looting of water company and other businesses

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 11:21 AM
A street in Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. – Contributed Photo

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
President Charles Savarin has called on all groups in the country to condemn the looting of several businesses, including the water and sewerage company as Dominica recovers from the ravages of Hurricane Maria blamed for the loss of 27 lives and millions of dollars in damages.

“Lawlessness can only cause more harm and distress to those who have survived and to those who would seek to help us, Savarin said in a broadcast on the state-owned DBS radio, Tuesday, saying the nation owes a debt of gratitude to the police and other law enforcement agencies and the medical community.

He said many regional and international agencies and governments had quickly responded to the situation in Dominica, where Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, slammed into the island last week Monday with winds in excess of 180 miles per hour, destroying at least 95 per cent of the housing stock here.

He said he was “cautiously advised” that water would have been restored in a section of the island last Sunday, but that came to nothing after the storeroom of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWSCO) was broken into and material stolen.

Savarin said the looters took away generators, pumps, tools power saws, chain saws and even 1,000 gallon water tanks.