Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt has said a bridge may have to be constructed in Pont Casse where a 40-foot deep opening due to heavy rains split the main road.
Two members of the Dominica National Football Team lost their lives on Friday when the vehicle they were traveling in, plunged into the chasm. Another was seriously injured and is now in hospital.
The prime minister visited the area on Friday and described the damage as ‘extensive.’
“Clearly in the Pont Casse area, from my own observation, it’s extensive … you going to require, I believe, possibly a bridge in that area considering the extent of the slippage,” he said.
He said that a preliminary assessment of the damage is being conducted by personnel of the Ministry of Public Works and in a couple of days the government will have information on the resources needed for repair works in those areas affected by the rains.
“In terms of costing, the technical staff led by the Chief Technical Officer of the Ministry of Public Works are visiting the areas and they will prepare a preliminary report of the resources that will be required to have those matters addressed,” he remarked.
The prime minister said he visited several affected areas including Dubique, which was affected by flooding. “There was a landslide that blocked the natural pathway of the water and it flooded the homes of two individuals, one is an elderly lady who was rescued from her home,” he said. “And also a pregnant young lady whose entire living quarters was completely flooded.”
He indicated that the two have been evacuated and have been taken in by neighbours.
Skerrit said landslides have been reported in Belles and Petite Savanne but heavy machinery is being used to clear them up.
DNO has also received reports of landslides and flooding in Castle Bruce and Layou.
The heavy rains are being caused by a trough system which the Met Office say is affecting the island.