The Prime Minister of Dominica described living through the 2017 hurricane season as being on the frontline in war against climate change and has committed to making Dominica the first climate resilient nation.
On 18 September 2017, Dominica was subject to Maria, a category 5 Hurricane for which it was not prepared. Flying into the country on 28 September, the reference to a war resonated with me as I saw the brown, defoliated forests, which I knew from past visits to be a lush canopy of green; the shocking amount of timber that made its way to the coastal areas; the impact on homes, many of which were without roofs; and the amazing amount of debris... READ MORE
In an immediate response to the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Dominica, we have been collecting all available damage information and creating a detailed open-source data map to streamline relief efforts. Explore damage reports by clicking on the link below and compare post-Maria satellite imagery with pre-storm conditions.
"Day breaks with the anguished cries of an elderly invalid woman as a relative tends to her excruciating bedsores. Here, in the tiny fishing village of Scott's Head in Dominica - which was slammed by the full force of catastrophic Hurricane Maria last week - basic medication is as woefully absent as food and water. Up to Sunday, its 800 residents were yet to receive any official aid, almost a week after being flattened by the country's first category five storm in recorded history. According to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, not a single street island-wide was spared the fury of Maria's 280km/h (175mph) winds, which islanders described as the sound of a "demented animal"..." READ MORE
"MEXICO CITY — It was about midnight, as Hurricane Maria was battering the Caribbean nation of Dominica, that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit took to Facebook. Roofs everywhere, he wrote, were being torn off by the powerful storm’s winds. He himself had to be rescued from his official residence.
“We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds,” he said, describing the damage as “mind-boggling.”And then silence. From Mr. Skerrit — and, it appears, from the rest of the island. As the storm, described by the National Hurricane Center as “potentially catastrophic,” moved toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, little could be learned about the conditions on Dominica. By early Tuesday morning, phone and internet signals on Dominica appeared to be down, leaving the island virtually incommunicado..."READ MORE