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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 1, 2015
ROSEAU---The Dominica government has ordered
the evacuation of the entire village of Petite Savanne,
south east of here, where five more bodies were dis-
covered on Sunday, following the passage of Tropical
Storm Erika last Thursday.
Environment Minister Dr Kenneth Darroux, who
is also the parliamentary representative for the area,
said the search is continuing for 14 others "and pre-
sumed dead in the village that bore the brunt of Erika s
fury as it passed across the island.
The authorities say they expect the death toll to
rise as more areas cut off by the storm become acces-
sible. So far 25 people have been confirmed dead.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in a radio broadcast
late on Sunday night, said Petite Savanne had been
declared an unsafe area and that more than 100 people
had already been evacuated from the village.
"Based on the prevailing situation at the time and
having assessed the situation on the ground, recognising
that we may very well have some (weather) systems
approaching us, on advice a decision was taken to
evacuate the residents of Petite Savanne," Skerrit told
He said the exercise would continue and appealed
to relatives of those being evacuated to assist in pro-
"I have been advised that most of the (109) people
(evacuated so far) have been taken up by family and
friends...and they are in a much safer environment.
"The evacuation will continue because the intention
is to evacuate everybody who wants to be evacuated
and to bring them into a much safer environment.
Petite Savanne continues to be completely cut off
from the rest of the country...and the only way you
can get in is by boat or helicopter."
Skerrit said that the villagers understood the situation
and were cooperating well.
Disaster management co-ordinator Don Coriette
said priority is being given to the elderly, children and
Skerrit also said that the international community
had responded well to the situation and that a number
of countries had pledged assistance.
"All I will say at this time is that there is a tremendous
outpouring of goodwill and assistance for Dominica
from virtually every part of the world," he said, adding
that he was also pleased that Dominicans were coming
out and joining in the rebuilding of the island.
St Vincent to
KINGSTOWN---The St Vincent and the Grenadines
government will provide funds and Bailey bridges
to Dominica in the aftermath of Tropical Storm
Erika, which has left at least 25 dead and millions
in damages last week.
"Dominica is suffering and we have to help them,"
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told a campaign rally
Sunday night in Chateaubelair, a town that was severely
affected by the trough system of December 2013.
Gonsalves said he has spoken to his Dominican
counterpart Roosevelt Skeritt since the storm.
He said Kingstown is also discussing sending, through
the Pan-American Health Organization, medical per-
sonnel to Dominica.
Gonsalves said he is expecting by today a report on
the number of Bailey bridges in stock, saying that his
government needs to use three to build temporary
crossings in Byera, Cumberland and Mt Young, where
new bridges are being built.
He told party supporters that he had spoken to the
Eastern Caribbean Group of Companies, which has
agreed to send to Dominica flour, rice and animal feed
from St Vincent and rice from their associate company
in Guyana. (CMC)
Death toll rises to 25 in Dominica
Entire village evacuated after storm
He said utilities have been restored in several com-
munities across the country and a number of roads
which were inaccessible following the storm are now
open to motor vehicles.
He said the two major telecommunication companies
operating here had reported at least 50 per cent of
service being restored.
"We will continue to engage the entire world com-
munity because we are going to need the entire world
community to assist us in getting out of this situation,"
he told the nation. (CMC)
Tropical Storm Erika was the deadliest natural disaster in Dominica since Hurricane
David in 1979. The fifth tropical cyclone and fifth named storm of the season, Erika de-
veloped from a westward-moving tropical wave while well east of the Lesser Antilles.
Late on August 28, the storm made landfall in Dominican Republic near the border
of Barahona and Pedernales provinces.
Several Leeward Islands including Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Haiti experienced
heavy rainfall during Erika's passage.
Overall, the island nation was left with tens of millions in damage and was set
back approximately 20 years in terms of development. (Wikipedia)
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