Canadians, who were in Hurricane Maria's path, evacuated: minister

Canadians, who were in Hurricane Maria's path, evacuated: minister

Fifteen people have been buried in Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Hartley Henry, the principal Advisor to Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit was able to provide the following update after the passing of Hurricane Maria over the island of Dominica.

In summary, the island has been devastated.

"Tremendous loss of housing and public buildings".

"Our main preoccupation now is search and rescue", said Prime Minister Skerrit.

On the number of people killed, he said, "We do not have the total count because we have not been to some communities".

Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt during an interview yesterday with ABS television in Antigua where he disclosed that he too was left homeless by Hurricane Maria. Yet the same geography that has made it so picturesque has also made Dominica susceptible to severe flooding and mudslides.

A hurricane warning has been issued for Turks and Caicos islands, with the category three storm expected to affect the British overseas territory from late Thursday. Neither was as strong as Maria.

The National Hurricane Center said some areas in Puerto Rico could see 40 inches (more than a meter) of rain from Maria, and Rossello warned of unsafe mudslides brought on by the deluge.

Hurricane Maria expected to stay out to sea, away from SC
As for the rainfall, it should gradually diminish at these areas as Maria continues to move north of these islands. While the track did shift west a little during the day on Friday , it will likely take a similar track to Jose.

Heavy rains and high winds began hitting the archipelago on Thursday afternoon. The island's two airports were mostly intact, and at least one was open for emergency helicopter flights.

"I remain committed to the country", he said, as he outlined his plans to travel to the United Nations (UN) to address the UN and to outline the situation. "Accessibility is the biggest challenge". Communications were down, although five satellite phones were rushed to the island on Wednesday to help the isolated government respond to the crisis.

A Department for International Development team are on-hand to assess the damage. Early Tuesday, he had described it as "mind boggling".

The country needs the support and continued help and prayers of all.

"People were hiding in the kitchen cupboards to survive", Skerrit said.

"The road system has been compromised, so there's obviously water damage, mudslides, rubble", he said.

Around 72,000 people live on the island in the Lesser Antilles.

"People were exposed to the elements of the hurricane, with nowhere to run, nowhere to hide". "We're anxious because we haven't heard anything from our government officials". Busses are now evacuating people from the area as quickly as they can. "The lack of official information is simply worrying".

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