September 22, 2017
LOOP NEWS CREATED : 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 CARIBBEAN NEWS Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit speaking on ABS Television in Antigua this afternoon. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit speaking on ABS Television in Antigua this afternoon.
Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to LinkedInShare to WhatsAppShare to Facebook MessengerShare to EmailShare to TelegramShare to More5K Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, was moved to tears this afternoon as he spoke directly to the public for the first time on the status of his country in the wake of the destructive Category 5 Hurricane Maria.
Noting that several regional and international governments had already come to Dominica’s aid, he indicated he would be making a strong case to the wider international community for further assistance.
Speaking live on ABS TV in Antigua, PM Skerrit had to pause for a few minutes to compose himself as he reflected on the destruction he has seen so far and what it will take to bring relief to the Dominican people.
His voice broke and he wiped tears from his eyes as he described a country in which no household – regardless of income level – was left untouched by the punishing winds and deluge of water brought to the island as the eye of Maria passed directly over Dominica on Monday night.
“Every part of Dominica has received a serious beating – if not by wind, then by water,” he said.
So far 15 persons have already been buried, with persons reported missing and more areas still to be visited. But while the death toll is expected to climb, PM Skerrit said, “It is a miracle that there were not hundreds of deaths.”
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