Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion Reach Out To Do­minica

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Trop­i­cal Storm Erika turned deadly on Thurs­day leav­ing at least twelve peo­ple dead and sev­eral oth­ers in­jured in its af­ter­math in Do­minica. Among those con­firmed dead were a blind el­derly man and two chil­dren in south­east­ern Do­minica, and another man was killed in the coun­try’s cap­i­tal of Roseau. Erika has also caused count­less in­fras­truc­tural dam­age to the is­land.

Re­ports are that nearly nine inches of rain overnight Wed­nes­day oc­ca­sioned se­vere flood­ing and mud­slides, washed out road­ways, and caused the col­lapse of sev­eral build­ings, in­clud­ing fam­ily dwellings. On Thurs­day af­ter­noon the prime min­is­ter of Do­minica Roo­sevelt Sk­er­rit vis­ited Saint Lu­cia of­fer­ing a first hand ac­count and ini­tial as­sess­ment of the im­pact of the storm, to Saint Lu­cia’s prime min­is­ter Kenny An­thony.

The Saint Lu­cian prime min­is­ter and min­is­ter for fi­nance, eco­nomic af­fairs, plan­ning & so­cial se­cu­rity, for his part has reached out to his coun­ter­part, Prime Min­is­ter Roo­sevelt Sk­er­rit, in of­fer­ing sup­port.

“I take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend my sin­cer­est sym­pa­thies, on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia, to our neigh­bours, our broth­ers and sis­ters in Do­minica. The grim, grim scenes of dev­as­ta­tion that we have wit­nessed to­day hit very close to home, and even though we have not been di­rectly phys­i­cally af­fected by the pas­sage of Trop­i­cal Storm Erika, a dis­as­ter of this mag­ni­tude im­pacts all of us through­out the Caribbean,” a state­ment from the of­fice of the prime min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia quotes him as say­ing.

“The peo­ple of Do­minica have been up­per­most in my thoughts to­day. I call on my fel­low Saint Lu­cians to pray for Do­minica. I know so many of us have friends and fam­ily liv­ing and work­ing there. I wish to re­as­sure the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia that we are work­ing with the Gov­ern­ment and emer­gency author­i­ties in Do­minica to con­firm the ex­tent of dam­age and to de­ter­mine how best we can sup­port them in this, their time of need,” Dr. An­thony went on to say.

The main op­po­si­tion United Work­ers Party here have also ex­pressed deep sad­ness by news of the dev­as­ta­tion that took place in Do­minica.

“The United Work­ers Party The lead­er­ship and mem­bers of the UWP ex­press sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of those who have The UWP has also ap­pealed to Saint Lu­cians to reach out and lend their sup­port to Do­minica.

The fol­low­ing dis­as­ter re­lief ac­counts have been ac­ti­vated in the name of the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia, to re­ceive mon­e­tary con­tri­bu­tions for re­lief ef­forts in Do­minica. 1st Na­tional Bank 6002660 LUOBLCLC RBTT-1800300000047196 RBTTLCLC Bank of Nova Sco­tia 2002817 NOSCLCLC Bank of Saint Lu­cia 901300136BOSLLCLC First Caribbean In­ter­na­tional 106962170 FCIBLCLC

Rocks, wa­ter, mud and rub­ble was the recipe for

dis­as­ter.

In the words of pm An­thony: the grim, grim scenes of

dev­as­ta­tion.

Sev­eral ve­hi­cles were washed away in the floods.

Rivers and wa­ter­ways over­flowed their banks.

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