Dominica devastation emerges with fatalities and ‘90% of buildings damaged’

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Last updated: September 20, 2017 at 6:51 am

The first information from Dominica is emerging, hours after the island was hammered by the full force of Hurricane Maria.

Unconfirmed reports state that at least six people have died.

One fatality is said to have occurred in Morne Prosper, and the other five in Dos Dane, a village close to Portsmouth.

Until the last 30 minutes there was no communication with anyone on the island since 4am local time.

WIC News understands 90% or more of the island’s buildings have been damaged. When contact was lost, initial reports were that 70% had been damaged.

Earlier reports stated that the majority of buildings had been destroyed but this has now been clarified.

As well as buildings, trees have been uprooted and power lines have been ripped to the ground. It is understood that landslides have blocked a number of roads across the country.

Bath Estate and Coulibistrie has seen severe flooding, but the full picture across Dominica is slowly being revealed.

Sources in Mahaut have said that homes have lost their roofs – reflecting the state across the island – but there are no confirmed casualties.

Ross University School of Medicine, located in the Portsmouth area, has not reported any casualties – although, as with the rest of the nation, contact has been broken.

WIC News has been told that a helicopter from Martinique will visit Dominica tomorrow to survey the damage. It is expected that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and disaster management experts will be on the flight.

All communication towers are down, and are expected to be out of action for some time.

Information has trickled out of the island this afternoon via ham radio operators, who are the only people in contact with each other and the outside world.

For this reason there has not yet been an official government response to the disaster.

United Caribbean response

The region is mobilising to assist Dominica, with St Lucia to act as the main point of rescue due to Dominica’s airport being rendered unusable.

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has dispatched two emergency helicopters and crews to assist the government with search and rescue.

They have also sent a medical ship with supplies and food.

Speaking this evening, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne said: “The government and people of Antigua and Barbuda stand in solidarity with the government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica during this time of need.”

Dominica’s prime minister experienced the destructive power of Hurricane Maria during the night.

Skerrit posted live updates of the hurricane’s progress, writing on Facebook soon after Maria’s landfall that his home had suffered damage: “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.”

After being rescued, Skerrit wrote: “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.”

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  1. The news from Dominica has been late and scarse.Ross University has taken a lot of time to give information and apparently their emergency plans need to be updated.It took 4 days to learn about my son’s status from Ross

  2. I am looking for a Ross University first year student Samir Chaudhry US Citizen please call me his dad at 860-560-6312 in USA or just go and let the university where he is. I will appreciate it. or call the Ross Hot line 1800-488-8790 if possible. I know the communication lines are down.

  3. Attempting to get information on -1 Patsy Sonia Charles* Coptall at Roseau Valley Hotel
    -2 Angela Faustin * Wall House
    -3 Ann Francis Joseph * Bath Estate
    Thanks in advance.

    • Joyce

      I’m helping a friend trying to locate his aunt, her name is Sonia “Patsy” Charles. He’s not a 100% sure about her age,but he thinks that she’s 77 years old. So is she the same person that you’re also trying to locate?


  4. Please someone anyone in or near the village of Morne Proper if you see or hear anything about my husband please reply my name is Lynda Isles and my husband name is Skeff Isles please let me know I so worried about him thanks God bless and be everyone in the wake of this terrible hurricane.

    • Lynda
      Are you also related to Deborah Isles? My friend John Moorehouse is looking for her. She is her cousin.

      I will be praying for your husband safe return.


  5. Ziggy from Grand bay I am hoping and praying you are safe,please contact me as soon as you are able to let me know you are OK,I will come as soon as flights and airport are up and running,hope you and family are all safe,thinking of all the Dominicans at this time, Mary from England xxx

    • Hi Mary, I hope you are well.

      Have you heard from your loved one, Ziggy? If so, how? (if you don’t mind me asking?)…

      I am trying to locate my family friends parents, also from Grand Bay. They are in their 80s with no mobile phones, have ill health and are extremely venerable.

      Their names are Rose and “King” George – both in their late 70s/early 80s.

      If you or anybody else has some information and/or advice, it’d be much appreciated.

      Good luck to everybody and God Bless

  6. ATTN: Looking for someone on Dominica? Go to this link to 1. Mark someone Safe, 2. See if they are Safe,
    3.Add a name of someone you are Looking for,4. See who’s Looking for whom.
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    • My son is a student of Ross School of Medicine his name is SYED SAAD UDDIN, he resides close to Ross campus, if some know him or saw him please notify as soon possible, please I am begging for this

  7. looking for infomation on students of roseau school of medicine. my son Douglas Holland is on that island how can i find out if he is ok and if we can do anything to help

  8. Hi,
    Any news from Giraudel village ?
    I’m looking for may sister Daniela Valera and her family : Nilo Eusebe, Danny EUsebe et Marcus Eusebe.

  9. Oliver
    Wanting to know about DR jennifer Connolly and Pete Cody.Ross university.please if anyone knows where they are get in touch on this website

  10. I am so so sorry I realize you don’t have time for this. I use voice control. I am visually impaired. Please delete other two. Messages.

    The parents of the students attending Ross Medical University need an update ASAP. This has gone beyond the worried state. Please help

  11. Looking for Andrew Dominique who lives in Portsmouth. Last heard from as the storm in which he sent message roof gone everything is gone. Please let me know on Facebook or if he is able call me collect [blocked]. Andrew is family so please help me find him.

  12. Any student from Allsaintuniversity harmed ?
    I have a sister studying there, if anyone from Dominica reads this message please send an email
    if you hear anything about students of Allsaituniversity.
    My sisters name is Maryam Shirkhani. We lost contact with her after the hurricane.

    Thank you.

  13. Please any news on ROSS school of medicine is helpful! I’m looking for Vanessa Machin, Lilian Gonzalez, Chantelle Brown, Ashlei Howard. Please if there are any news on their whereabouts it’s greatly appreciated!

  14. Please any news on ROSS school of medicine is helpful! I’m looking for Vanessa Machin, Lilian Gonzalez, Chantelle Brown, Ashlei Howard. Please if there are any news on their whereabouts it’s greatly appreciated!

  15. Speechless! Lisa Valmond, hope that you are safe. Hon Kenneth Darreaux..hold on eith the people of Petite Savanne. We are praying for you all. Dominica will rise again


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