Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that all schools in Dominica will remain closed until Monday as the island assess the effects of the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.
He also said everyone should report to work as normal on Thursday but has called on all Dominicans to move around with caution and care.
“Cabinet has taken a decision this morning to close school or to have schools remain closed up until Monday,” he said on state-owned DBS Radio. “So there will be no school on Friday tomorrow, and no school today, so the students will return to school on Monday morning by which time we expect everything to be certainly close to back to normal.”
He said this is being done as a precautionary measure.
“As you know we are still grappling with the effect of Tropical Storm Erika and of course the soil is saturated,” the Prime Minister noted. “We don’t want to have a situation where we have our children at school and the after effects of the rain manifests themselves and our student will find themselves in difficulties.”
He said the rest of the population must move around with an abundance of caution.
“We have received tremendous amount of rain and also wind,” he noted. “Therefore, we are asking for people to be cautious and careful as they move around dong their own business because of the level of saturation which the soil has one can expect land slippages, erosions, landslides, mudslides and the like.”
Skerrit pointed out that there are reports of fallen trees and land slippages in some parts of the island which will all be taken care of when operators receive the all clear signal.
Notwithstanding, he noted that everyone else should report to work.
“There will be work today for everybody in the country, so people are to report to their workplaces” he noted
The Prime Minister said that weather situation will be monitored although a Tropical Storm Warning for Dominica has been discontinued.
“Some parts of the country there is still rain,” he said. “As I said, based on the advice received, we will continue to see rain for the course of the day.”