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Dominica severely damaged by Hurricane Maria, 6 reported dead

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 1:11 PM

The Barbados based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is reporting that at least six people were killed when Hurricane Maria slammed into the island on Monday.

CDEMA says the storm has left behind billions of dollars in damages.

While communication has been limited, CDEMA’s Executive Director, Ronald Jackson, told reporters that amateur radio operations said the storm had claimed six lives.

He said 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.

So severe is the anticipated damage that Jackson said Dominicans may have to be evacuated by sea.

Meanwhile, Principal Advisor to Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Hartley Henry, today relayed a message outlining the dire situation in Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria.

Henry, who spoke with Skerrit via Satellite phone, said there’s an urgent need for helicopter services to take food, water, and tarpaulins to outer districts for shelter.

According to Henry, the main general hospital took a beating, compromising patient care.

Concerning the death toll, he said while it is difficult to confirm, the Prime Minister fears that it will rise as he wades his way into the rural communities today.