Approximately 30 landslides were reported as heavy rain associated with a trough system, pounded Dominica between April 17 and 20, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has said.
“The Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure and Ports assessed approximately thirty landslides across the island including in the Southern Community of Petite Savanne, Dubique, the road to Good Hope and Petite Soufriere, the Melville Hall to Pont Casse and Pont Casse to East Coast villages and on the Emerald Pool to Castle Bruce area,” acting national disaster coordinator, Don Corriette, said in a release late Tuesday.
He also reported that flooding occurred in several communities across the island rendering roads impassable. “All roads have been re-opened with exclusion of the major damage to the Pont Casse road leading to the east of the island,” he said.
Corriette said roads, tourism infrastructure and utilities suffered major damage. However, there are minor reports of damage to fishers and residents in rural areas due to flooding, he stated.
“Two families were evacuated in the community of Dubique due to flood waters entering their homes when a landslide and large tree fell into the Dubique River,” he said.
Corriette is urging the public to stay away from the collapsed area in Pont Casse. “It is unsafe and an offence to enter beyond the area which has been officially cordoned off by the police. The area remains precarious and poses high risks to anyone who chooses to walk or pass near the edge of the broken road,” he said.
He took time out to express sympathy to the relatives and friends of Kirt Hector and Norran Jno Hope, both members of the Dominica National Football Team, who died when the vehicle in which they were travelling, plunged into a collapsed section of the road at Pont Casse last Friday.
“Our prayers are also with Mr. Jocelyn Prince who survived the accident; we invite all concerned to pray for his full recovery and return to active duty at the Dominica Fire and Ambulance services,” Corriette stated.
He is reminding the public that the hurricane season is approaching “and that all preparedness and plans should be reviewed in advance of the season.”