Dominica’s Acting Prime Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, has expressed solidarity with the government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines following widespread damages caused by adverse weather conditions on Tuesday.
He said Dominica will support St. Vincent in its time of need.
“I am advised that the downpour in St. Vincent began before dawn resulting in significant damage to infrastructure and housing,” he said.
According to Dominica News Online, he noted that information received reveals that 15 houses were destroyed in the Sandy Bay area and damages to houses in other areas; several bridges have been comprised and one may have been washed away, making access to affected areas impossible; roads to Windward and Leeward communities have been cut; water systems damaged; there have been power outages in some communities and a cemetery partially washed away.
“Access to some areas may have to be by sea,” Blackmoore stated. “We are thankful that there is no reported loss of life or injuries.”
He said Dominica stands in solidarity with St. Vincent and will give support at this time of need.
“The government and people of Dominica stand in solidarity with the government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and will support them in this time of need,” Blackmoore noted. “We await a formal situation report and damage assessment to determine how we can assist. Again we sympathize with the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines during this time of great material loss.”
He also said that Dominica experienced some heavy downpours from the same system that affected St. Vincent but the island fared better.