Four dead, many others missing in Dominica hit by storm

Heavy rain from tropical storm Erika causes at least four people dead and more than 20 others missing

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Tropical strom Erika hits Dominica

United States authorities said on Friday tropical storm Erika destroyed Caribbean island of Dominica, leaving at least four people dead and more than 20 others missing.

The storm is supposed to approach South Florida on Monday as remaining a tropical storm. The US National Hurricane Center says that circumstances are unstable and could change in the next days.

"The very latest is not what you went to bed with last night." 

"This is going to be a rainmaker, it's not going to be a wind-maker that blows every building down," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said on Friday.

Myers added that the storm is also estimated to arrive in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said Erika caused "extensive damage" across the small island after floods wiped out roads and swamped villages. He also asserted peculiar concern for Petite Savanne where a group of people hit by landslide that rescue team has not been able to reach yet.

"This is where many are feared lost," Skerrit said.

Authorities uregently focus on search-and-rescue efforts with the help of the other countries in neighbourhood ensuring helicopters and other support.

Fixing of Dominica’s “dramatically affected” infrastructure would approximately cost tens of millions of dollars repairing homes, roads, bridges and other structures, added Skerrit.

TRTWorld and agencies