Cabinet meets “to plan the way forward” after Christmas Eve flooding

Hotel affected by flooding
Building affected by flooding

Dominica’s prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has cut short his vacation in the United States and returned home to deal with the mass flooding and destruction caused by rain on Christmas eve.

The prime minister along with some cabinet members including Roseau South MP, Ambrose George, on December 26, toured the south of the island which was badly hit by the storm.
“I have visited the persons and areas affected and I must say that it’s not a pleasant sight to have seen people in that state especially during Christmas, the government has committed itself to assisting those affected including the hotels of Ever Green and Anchorage,” Skerrit said.

He said Cabinet met twice in his absence and will meet today December 27, 2013 at 12.30pm to get “a further update of the situation and plan the way forward.”

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82 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    December 30, 2013

    dominica is bleast

  2. papa met!
    December 30, 2013

    smh

    • Osanna Mowanga
      December 30, 2013

      God is not asleep. what were you doing in New Jersey?

  3. DA MASSIVE
    December 29, 2013

    Am very concern, while we are consolidating after a disaster so much loose talk like babies in a cradle. Disaster will happen everywhere and its going to be worst as times goes by. Stop blaming each other and put your house in order. Its a wake up call for all. Those who are not at fault can cast the first stone. WHEN WILL THE HEALING PROCESS BEGIN.AFTER HURRICANE DAVID RED AND GREEN WERE UNITED.WHY SO MUCH HATERD IN THE LAND.IT REMINDS ME OF THE CHILDREN OF ISAREAL MOSES REFUSE TO SIT IN THE KING PALACE AND SUFFER WITH HIS PEOPLE.PLEASE RESPECT THE PM HE WAS PUT THERE BY GOD.DAVID REFUSE TO HARM KING SAUL BECAUSE HE WAS GOD ANOINTED .

  4. Morihei Ueshiba
    December 28, 2013

    Lord my God in Jesus Name please punish our ministers in Govt and not us Dominicans, we did not do bin bobol, build villas, or impoverish people to give them handouts, forgive us for not protesting so that we may see the times that are before us. :-P

    • Truth be Told.
      December 28, 2013

      Let all that you wish for come back to you twice.

      • Truth be Told
        December 29, 2013

        Thief you need to find your own name! And I hope all thieves including thieving ministers burn in hell.

      • >>>>>>>>>>
        December 29, 2013

        @Truth be Told I would like to know why the truth offends you so much.You must tell us what have you done in your life, that’s troubling you so much. The truth is ‘light’, it must shine.Are you greedy? Are you taking from the needy? What is your problem about the truth that is causing you to be so upset?
        HOPE I GET TO KNOW ONE DAY.
        By the way the BIN BOBOL HAD THE EFFECT OF MAKING OUR TREASURY more than half a million dollars better of.

    • FAST N FURIOUS
      December 28, 2013

      Thow shall not call the name of thy LORD in vain.Whatever you ask for them shall all fall back on you.

      • dissident
        December 30, 2013

        and all dat u and dem call for against others will only fall back on all you…………take ur blows u deserve every bit of it

    • fil
      December 29, 2013

      At a time like this that’s your words of sympathy to those affected by mother nature? Worthy unto the heartless never wish bad to others it will surely get back to you.

    • sha
      December 30, 2013

      you punishing yourself you fool

  5. December 28, 2013

    ce quil a fais est bien ces pas ici en france que sa cerais passer comme cela avec notre presidens

  6. vibrantlady
    December 28, 2013

    whey whey whey why u all dominicans doing like chris christy and president obama when hurricane sandy pass iin the united state president obama came down to new jersy and he and chris christy was together hand in hand seeing what happen republican and democrats and sit down so why opposition cant come to goverment and sit and disgust what they are going to do than they have to give on the one and only skerro he come to stay nothing going to happen to him he is bless

  7. humble_me
    December 28, 2013

    Lord my God in Jesus Name be Merciful on us Dominicans, give us understanding Wisdom & Knowledge, that we may see the times that are before us.

  8. pedro
    December 28, 2013

    This Government do not care about the lives of the people. They are in the business of buying votes for gifts and favors.

    • le
      December 29, 2013

      Pedro that’s mother nature that’s a warning to all of us Domincans. We should embrace each other at a momment like this.

  9. be bless
    December 28, 2013

    Those negative Dominicans are really Dom-in-a-can boy.MY my my you all need prayers.

  10. FAST N FURIOUS
    December 27, 2013

    Boy UWPites ain’t easy!According to them,the PM must report to them every day and they must approve his daily transactions.If not BLOWS on him. Boy if the PM was scared of them radicals one would imagine what Dominica would be like.Good thing Labourites have the back of the PM.He shall only be moved when Lennox is 79 and RON 95.

    • Too late
      December 28, 2013

      @ Fast N FuriousIs It is people like you who cause this governments to be so blatant in its corrupt practices

      • Truth be Told.
        December 28, 2013

        WE all cry of corrupt practice hopeing that when we have said it so much that people will believe it. Keep shouting it, even you will believe it.

    • papa met!
      December 30, 2013

      did he know that the flood was gonna happen? you foolish dominicans eh.. wey papa… d man doe have a life too then????

  11. December 27, 2013

    It’s a shame though. While some of our people are worried that their beds are wet and their houses are destroyed some wicked souls are on DNO discussing the Honorable Prime Minister where about. People get real. The government is doing what is necessary to assist the victims. Does the prime minister control the weather as well? gosh, grow the hell up.

  12. Fami Wachen
    December 27, 2013

    Heavenly Father,how can Skerrit please some Dominicans?
    So the man cannot take a vacation? Where he goes that is his damn business. Besides being the leader,he is a family man and needs privacy.
    Doc Love why are you so negative? Skerrit can do nothing right in your eyes but I will tell you, come 2014 we voting him back because he is much better understood than your novice by the majority of Dominicans. Bondieu senwye, give the man a break. Too much jealousy and hatred.
    Doc Love, God might give you more poopoo water to clean than what Cuffy got for Christmas. Garcon ease up on your hatred for PM. He is human like you and liable to fall but give the young man a break……………………

    • Obsever
      December 28, 2013

      Keep in mind that Skerrit is a public figure, his where about must be made public, if not, then he should consider getting out of the office.

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2013

      When people know they are in the minority they make up by shouting the loudest. Labour is indisputably the majority, and they know is true.

  13. forreal
    December 27, 2013

    the man is doing ,what he was elected to do,and yet DNO professors and international bloggers,find a problem with that,the little dog laughed to see such sport,i had to laugh in reading such stupidity.

  14. Alas
    December 27, 2013

    Now is not the time for criticism. It is time for the Government, Opposition and environmental experts to have a joint consultation to formulate policy to minimize the effects of such disasters. Do something for the best interest of the country.

  15. mac
    December 27, 2013

    all you can preach all negativity all u want but this pm will go down in history and remembered as one of the best ever pass in dominica.he is loved by many and hated by the ones who wants to get into office as if they are more capable than he is not this time around maybe the next.god is good.

  16. Toomatoe Tomato
    December 27, 2013

    Prime Minister may God continue to bless you, your government and our country. Disasters happen and will continue to happen, whether you are in the country or away.

    I guess some Dominicans who do what they do best, that is complain, no matter what the situation; believe if you were there the storm would not happened. How absurd can some of us be. That is the only conclusion I can come up with. They are really making you bigger than life itself and making themselves very small and insignificant. Can you imagine when the country needs everyone to pull together because our people and country are going through a tough situation some are complaining about the PM not being on island? Please, there was an acting PM wasn’t there? And I understand once the PM learn of the disaster he tried his very best to get back to Dominica as soon as he could, but what would we want in such a weather?

    I wonder why the complainers are not thanking God for sparing our lives. It was a horrendous storm How many deaths were there in St. Lucia and St Vincent compared to Dominica due to the storm? Shouldn’t we be thankful? We should stop making others make a mockery of Dominicans. I guess if they thought they would win votes come the next election they would openly blame GOD Himself instead of the PM.

    But little do they know that is exactly what they are doing and we are listening.

  17. Francisco Telemaque
    December 27, 2013

    Cabinet meets “to plan the way forward”

    So reads the headline; this is an opportunity for the politicians to tour walk, and drive around in their quarter, and half an million dollars cars, and SUV’s; talk, make their presence known, and felt. Hopefully they will gain a few political miles at the expense of the suffering unfortunate victims.

    I am not suggesting that something should be done to help the victims of the flood, nevertheless, this might be a new experience to them, there comfort zone is in shambles, sort of ruffled at the moment; their problem is very visible right now, hence the politicians enjoys the moment to help boost their chances at the poles next election.

    While the new victims are in pain today, we seem to have forgotten that there are many who’s homes are not flooded out, nor washed away however, they are victims who have been living in similar, and worst conditions over the years; and although many of the sufferings, the very poor has appealed to the government for help, their cry for help was ignored!

    I read where Rayborn Blackmore said “the minister of community development, and social services” will assess the damages, and help and all that or something to this effect will come to the people affected right now. I need to remind the so called minister of community development, and social services Gloria Dodds (Dods) Shillingford, that within her constituency, there are residence living in similar, and worst conditions than a flooded hose, which she has ignored for years.

    It is important to note such victims of our system has appealed to the government through her the parliamentary representative who simply look at such unfortunates as stray dogs! In spite of what we read in regards “to plan the way forward” by the time the news gets stale, only the favorite party clones will receive help, and I detect the people who will be help the quickest will be those who sports the brightest color of red.

    So, to Gloria I say when you tally the party favorites in the their hour of need, perhaps you should focus on the many people of Wesley who have reached out to you seeking help and assistance from the government who you have ignored, however, assured that the young and bodily able people in their twenty, and thirties, are recipients of gifts, while the very old unfortunate who needs help are ignore.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • UWP
      December 27, 2013

      Another piece from a brilliant man who always seems amaze readers with his rhetoric. I must say that I always look to your piece for laughter as in a comedy show. Continue writing for our amusement for we aren’t and wont take you seriously.

    • DANZIGER
      December 28, 2013

      Leave Canada come and put yr hands in the dirt, we need people like you to help the needy. If you dont have anything to say SHUT UP.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 28, 2013

      You know, though I appreciate all the thumbs down as well as the thumbs up.

      I would like to challenge at least one, or all of the people who are giving me the thumbs down; to simply write two sentences, or if they prefer an essay of not less than a hundred-fifty words explaining why they disagree with my opinion.

      I mean I am curious, and open to learn whatever is new as long as it makes sense, scientific, or otherwise!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • kk
      December 30, 2013

      Finally you making some sense. But you are still an idiot.

    • Fouchette
      December 30, 2013

      So basically you are saying that if the ruling government does not address the devastation caused by this storm they are screwed, and on the other hand, if they address it they are looking for political milage. You UWPites are so damn silly that I never cease to be amazed at your utterances.

      You talking fouchette!!!!

  18. Respect Everyone
    December 27, 2013

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
    Theodore Roosevelt

    PRIME MINISTER remember the words of this great man and Continue Developing our country…You are blessed!!!You have done so much but there will always be more to do. Thank You.

    • w
      December 27, 2013

      stop that foolishness de lives of ordinary Dominicans cannot be compared. Dis PM is ALWAYS conveniently out of island whenever we are faced with a disaster. De cabinet met twice in his absence. When Labor Party gwan nom taking their sunday drive around Dominica they only stop at houses with a RED FLAG. Dis PM does not give a rats behind about anybody who doesnt chant labor power………..dis is de reason why he does get soo much blows my dear….and de reason why you keep hearing it louder is becasue MORE OF US HAVE DONE LEFT DAT MISERABLE LABOR PARTY ALREADY…..Joshua Francis is already sounding like de new Parl rep for Roseau south……WAKE UP AND FACE DE REALITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Powyier
        December 28, 2013

        Is the PM God to know when a storm is coming? Some of you all are such idiots..

      • As it is...
        December 28, 2013

        No! You stop your foolish biasness. It seems you are among the few that believe in the 5000 jobs in three years; you would believe and agree it seems to build bridges where there are no river or water. To believe that you are out of touch with reality and naive. It sounds nice but lacks substance and merit. This is why most Dominicans dismiss this!
        ……..yes the PM was not on island, but the man went overflowing with love to visit his wife and new Born, have a heart, to criticize that is really low and pushes people away from your party that you think you are doing a service. The truth is even if he was on island you would have ignored that and search for something else to criticize.

        O by the way, some of my friends that are UWP believe that Labour must win the upcoming elections.

    • There you have it.
      December 27, 2013

      What’s all that about?

      • College
        December 28, 2013

        It is about the struggles and perseverance of a diligent person/leader who is actively pursuing great success.

    • Truth be Told.
      December 27, 2013

      I love these words, as we keep thinking of our leaders and Dominica’s development.

    • My Opinion
      December 27, 2013

      What are they really disliking? These words are so appropriate!!!

  19. thiny
    December 27, 2013

    Domlec and dawasco should have never given service to most of the home owners in certain areas of newtown………

  20. thiny
    December 27, 2013

    These peopld in Newtown living below the road level…..next to the sea shore……..some of them living on a hill below a cliff…….please build elsewhere if u lost your house and prevent peoole from building in those locations in the future………………..

    • dsc student
      December 27, 2013

      Well why don’t u give dem d land n money to go n build somewhere else

  21. so it is
    December 27, 2013

    I just hope the monies or assistant that is going to be given for river walls and proper drainage would be put to good use. cause I know for a fact that we were assured that certain amount of monies have be allocated for a river wall in the hillsborough area in layou and up to now not one steel that have been put up. please stick to the promises especially when it concern the safety of the people

  22. Anonymous
    December 27, 2013

    I thought the hotels are insured. Just make sure the poor people (those who lost their homes) gets first, because the hotels MUST be insured

  23. Anonymous
    December 27, 2013

    These incompetent fellas are very reactive and far from being proactive….they knew the system was approaching yet still nothing was in place to deal with the after effects.Shame shame shame!!!1

  24. Doc. Love
    December 27, 2013

    The two cabinet meetings held during the absence of Skeritt was of no importance. In order for that DLP to operate, Skeritt must be in control. They say two cabinet meetings were held but the people of the Newtown Constituency heard nothing as regards to the way forward. Now the Sheriff is in town, in one week time, Dominicans are going to hear that all Tom, Dick and Harry are going to make pledges in order to assist Dominica. I would not be surprised that nothing significant is done until a couple of months before the next General Elections.

  25. Reality
    December 27, 2013

    What is it going to take for the P.M to get his act together?! It seems like unless it is not affecting him directly he does not care

    • Truth be Told.
      December 27, 2013

      Reality are you for real or trying to generate discussion?

  26. yu tu sort
    December 27, 2013

    francesco corallo Corallo under Police escort after his recent surrender- any word DNO on our FAO ambassador

  27. slimmers
    December 27, 2013

    hats off to our government. may God continue to bless mr skerritt and his team

    • Annony Mouse
      December 27, 2013

      Hats off for what? Just asking. What did they do? Did they stop the rain from falling? This is just a warning my people. Clean up , for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

    • December 27, 2013

      Amen! Let’s pray for this present Labor Party Government for they have got so much responsibilities with few resources. Thank God for China and the other helping nations of the world. Let’s set aside dirty politics and let’s pray for unity, and let’s comfort and help each other in time of disaster.
      Vincent Rolle, Houston, Texas, Laudat, Dominica.

      • Hue
        December 28, 2013

        You coming to vote too. Yes we waiting for people like you to mess up our election.

      • Too late
        December 28, 2013

        Vincent, Dominica has enough resources to make us do better than islands such as st.kitts and st.lucia.
        The problem is the money goes in ministers pockets rather than to public use.

  28. Flood
    December 27, 2013

    I hope the needy benefits and not the greedy

    • Truth be Told.
      December 27, 2013

      I thought that the needy and the greedy were the same?

  29. shaka zulu
    December 27, 2013

    The past few years we have seen simmilar events around the island. These weather patterbs seem to be the new norm, though sporatic

  30. Dominica
    December 27, 2013

    You sent your wife to have your son in America, you vacation in America, spend Christmas in America, Jah…My opinion is thats just wack!

    • Anonymous
      December 27, 2013

      Why the hell is that wack. would you tell him where he should go do a number two also. Give the man a dam break.

      • Chameleon
        December 27, 2013

        Since you care. His number two in America was not brown but white.

    • Anonymous
      December 27, 2013

      I guess he needs you and the UWP to give him permission to choose his travel destination.

      • dissident
        December 27, 2013

        Dont try to defend de indefensible……de man tired lambaste America… dem DLP man just get to know money…..maybe they jusy get to figure is America dat controlling de money they like so much….whats left but to show us that they can bow BOTH TO CHINA AND AMERICA…….although they will continue to bash de US and still suck on their lollipop………they would not dare try dat with our new CHINESE MASTERS…….who really owns this land of our De US or CHINA???????

        wat do you think?????

      • Simple
        December 27, 2013

        No Anonymous, the PM should just have used SKYPE with dem other fellas in cabinet. The PM working too hard, he needs his vacation too.

      • yonkers
        December 27, 2013

        what good does your opinion do; you can try running run for election.

    • fed up
      December 28, 2013

      The man spending our money to go everywhere he want, and all you canot even go portsmouth, or marigot. Continue to encourage him, poverty bring poverty and it seams you love it… let him give you a red cap on your head and a red cap in your hand and I sure you satisty :roll: ho by the way dont forget to ask him the red shirt :lol:

  31. Greg
    December 27, 2013

    Obama went on Vacation and I knew. My PM went on vacation and we didn’t know. Yeh yeh Laborats it is not your business but it is my business to know that the leader of the country is on vacation and the duration of his /her vacation.
    I can confirm to that not even the cabinet members knew that the PM was on vacation.

    You are entitled to vacation but you must let the country know when you are taking vacation.

    • Amazed
      December 27, 2013

      Perhaps he should also inform the nation the next time he visits the latrine for a crap!!

    • Joejoe
      December 27, 2013

      He was attending the Diaspora dinner! And campaigning (free tickets etc, to come and vote)

    • Confused
      December 28, 2013

      To me,as an official of the country such as the PM,when he leaves,whether it be vacation,or duties.He suppose to inform that he is out of island and live an “acting” PM or deputy officer to hold the post while’s he is out for a time period. This is not like you and me locals who could take a trip without tellimg anyone.He is the PM which means he plays an important role and therefore put things in place when he is out. He was voted in because the people trusted him to deliver and give proper leadership at all times.Therefore as PM ,he needs to carry that leadership function every single day. If he cant handle the role….Give someonelse it….just a thought.Hearts out to those who lost personal possesions and even lives after that christmas eve tragedy.

  32. New Jersey massive
    December 27, 2013

    He’s coming back to nj for New Year’s Eve tho

    • Malgraysa
      December 27, 2013

      Oh, Dominica too small for him then? Malgraysa.

    • Simple
      December 27, 2013

      So he coming back to NJ for new years? wow, Dominica is really an undesirable place man.

  33. __________
    December 27, 2013

    So Skerrit was on vacation in USA, while thousands of poor Dominicans could not afford anything for Christmas? My vote next year will surely be against the one representing Labour Party. These people are only for themselves. They are greedy,and care not a dam about the poor.

    • Anonymous
      December 27, 2013

      Obama on vacation while thousands had a Christmas without collecting their food stamps and other social be icings during the holidays.

      • ____________
        December 27, 2013

        @Anonymous Your Jack A… This is not America. We are referring to poor Dominica. GET IT STRAIGHT.

      • Annony Mouse
        December 27, 2013

        At least the food stamp is distributed to republicans and democrats.

  34. Anonymous
    December 27, 2013

    Thank you PM. Gracious indeed

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