Parliamentary Representative for Petite Savanne Dr Kenneth Darroux has described his time in the community as heart wrenching and hectic.
Petite Savanne was hard hit by Tropical Storm Erika. Five persons were confirmed dead while 15 are missing and presumed dead. The community has since been evacuated.
Dr Darroux spent three days in the community where he led the medical team and treated those in need of medical attention.
“It has been really hectic in the past three days,” he told DBS Radio on August 30.
He said it was particularly difficult to see his relatives and friends being unearthed and identified.
“Just having to make the call to as many relatives as possible in the area, just to tell them a quick good bye…and just to bury them it’s just heart wrenching.
“I honestly never broke down until this morning especially as I was cut off from the outside world. Really we were not seeing any movement in and out of Petite Savanne, so I really didn’t want to leave but I had to leave and I am hoping by first flight to head back up there to at least be on the ground and to ensure that the people are evacuated and as I said what ever support I can for them.”
According to the Minister, prior to the evacuation notice given by the Prime Minster, he had already advised residents to begin packing their belongings to get out of the village.
He said he had to swim, take the boat and then walk to reach his home.
“I am back in civilisation because we were cut off from the rest of the country in terms of self-service so there was no way I could find out what happening so I had to find a way to leave, not that I wanted to leave my people to be honest, but I had to get out to at least coordinate things from out there.”
Dr. Darroux also mentioned that five bodies were recovered and 15 persons are still missing and presumed dead. Additionally, there was some talk about two or three persons who visited the area but this has so far not been confirmed, he said.
He informed that the bodies were buried on the spot.
“I mean most of them have been decomposed. One was found out in the water, three unearthed in one location and another one was unearthed immediately after the disaster and was lying there so I really had to take the decision as the medical doctor on site and of course the family’s blessings to really find a proper spot to have their families buried.”
Dr. Darroux said he plans to return to the community on the first flight out.