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Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica

For Thursday we have built a lot of plans, but woke up in a trap. No water, no electricity and the Internet. Thank God, an old Nokia phone had a radio and we can catch the radio to hear the news: tropical storm Erika in Dominica. From our top of the mountain it was not looks scary: heavy rain, thunder, a bit dark and no wind. Nothing special. But it appears somewhere on the island people were dying. Landslides. Rivers overflow their banks, washing away everything in its path. Collapsing bridges, houses to dust, stone fences washed away. Over 35 people dead.

Next day helicopters were flying to get people from isolated areas.

Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica

Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica

Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica
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Till now people helps people to clear houses, roads and schools. Everybody comes together. The Government of Dominica has established a RECOVERY AND RECONSTRUCTION FUND to receive contributions in support of its recovery and reconstruction efforts following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

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We have to remember that the hurricane season is still very much with us and that we are certainly moving into a time when it is becoming more likely (according to history) that the tropical storms might pass our way.

Many of the more destructive systems appear to wait until September to start their charge on this area of the Caribbean.

And Even though we have been very fortunate over the last few years, no one would want to suggest that the islands in the Windward chain are bound to escape Mother Nature’s wrath for another year.

There were 16 named tropical storms in the Atlantic last year, including Arthur, which killed five people and caused $78 million in damages on Belize and Hurricane Paloma, the second-most intense hurricane ever recorded in November, Category 4.

Eight Atlantic hurricanes and storms caused an estimated $41 billion in damages and left hundreds dead, more than 800 in Haiti alone.

From now until November, none of these are names which the people of the OECS will want to get too acquainted with – Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda.

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