At least 15 people dead on Dominica following Hurricane Maria

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26 September, 2017

The latest Category 5 storm to batter the Caribbean has developed a rare and terrifying feature that makes it even more powerful. A watch was earlier put in place for the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Anguilla - many of which were devastated when Irma blew through the Caribbean, killing 44 people.

"We have heard of all the reports of looting happening and I know members of the St Lucia Defence Force have gone up to augment the forces there from the Regional Security System already, so we are helping in that respect", President of the Association Thaddeus Antoine said.

T&T Guardian understands all communication towers on the island are down and are expected to be so for a while.

Governor Ricardo Rossello said the hurricane was "the most devastating storm in a century" adding that it could take months to restore power to the island. Some of the island's 3.4 million residents planned to head to the U.S.to temporarily escape the desolation.

He said that relief from the worldwide and regional communities is forthcoming, however, it will take years before the country will be able to rebound. The storm was predicted to bring 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain across the islands, with more in isolated areas. "We have been there before and we will be there again", Benjamin said.

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"The country is in a daze - no electricity, no running water - as a result of uprooted pipes in most communities and definitely no landline or cellphone services on island, and that will be for quite a while".

"A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse".

She began the trip, which Ms Patel said she was "adamant" to undertake, with a visit to HMS Ocean, Britain's biggest in service warship that was recently re-tasked to help with aid efforts. She reached her sister at the height of the storm.

The bank is making an Emergency Relief Grant of USD$200,000 available to Dominica, which will assist with costs associated with damage assessments and the provision and transportation of emergency relief supplies, water and sanitation resources, roofing materials for emergency shelters and community buildings, and temporary shelter for displaced persons.

Hurricane Maria turned streets into raging rivers Thursday as it continued ravaging the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on its tear across the Caribbean. "They're made of wood and can't sustain a strong wind", she said. She said she hadn't decided whether to leave the island.


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