Dominica Floods – 35 Still Missing, PM Says Damage to Cost $225 Million


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At a press briefing Wednesday 02 September 2015, the Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit reported that preliminary assessments following the floods and landslides brought by Tropical Storm Erika have revealed the country suffered over EC$ 600 million (around US$ 225 million) in damage to infrastructure, in particular roads and bridges.

Dominican flood damage. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister, Dominica
Dominican flood damage. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister, Dominica

Douglas Charles Airport

Mr Skerrit also said that Douglas Charles airport had been severely damaged by flooding. Preliminary estimates suggest that it would take EC$ 39.5 million dollars (US$ 15 million) to get it back into operation.

Damage Assessments

Flood and storm damage assessments are ongoing. The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) are continuing their assessments in to farm and crop damage.

The World Bank is carrying out assessments of the impact on infrastructure.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) in Dominica has indicated that of the 75 schools (primary and secondary), 22 are either unreachable or damaged, and one extensively damaged.

As many as 371 houses were destroyed by landslides and flooding.

35 Still Missing

The Hon. Prime Minister confirmed on Wednesday that 35 persons are missing. Search and rescue personnel have recovered 11 bodies thus far.

The community of Petite Savanne suffered some of the worst of the tragedy. Six of the dead and 14 of those still missing are from Petite Savanne. As many as 217 houses suffered damage in Petite Savanne.

During and after the storm, evacuations were carried out in Petit Savanne and Dublique. Eight shelters are still in operation, housing approximately 405 displaced people.

National Days of Mourning

The Prime Minister of Dominica declared Thursday, 04 September and Friday, 05 September, 2015 as National Days of Mourning. He has also designated Saturday and Sunday as National Days of Prayer.

Dominican flood damage. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister, Dominica
Dominican flood damage. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister, Dominica
Dominican flood damage. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister, Dominica
Dominican flood damage. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister, Dominica