Dominica has been completely cut off from other Caribbean islands after being hit by Hurricane Maria that destroyed properties and disrupted communication networks. Power has been cut off and many people have been confirmed dead.
The island was first hit by the category-five force of the hurricane and adviser to the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Hartley Henry, said the island has faced tremendous loss of housing and public buildings.
Henry added virtually no means of communication is working in the island to communicate with the outside world and there is no electricity too.
About the safety of Skerrit he said the prime minister and his family are find and they have communicated through satellite phone.
The PM was rescued from his flooded residential place during the Maria.
Henry continued, “The main general hospital took a beating. Patient care has been compromised. Many buildings serving as shelters lost roofs, which mean that a very urgent need now is tarpaulins and other roofing materials.”
As of now it is not possible to determine the level of fatalities and the PM fears the toll will rise too high, said Henry.
Some of the districts have been completely destroyed and in brief Dominica has been devastated.
CNN reports the rainforests seems to have vanished in the island and the island has been stripped of vegetation.
Sea ports as well as the airport have been shut down completely and Henry believes soon a landing strip could be opened to facilitate landing of relief teams and supplies.