Thirty landslides reported across Dominica

A landslide in the Castle Bruce area last week
A landslide in the Castle Bruce area last week

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.”

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    April 25, 2013

    reminds me of the 30 pieces of silver those corupt ministers take

  2. Lovely
    April 24, 2013

    Dominicans this is a wake up call repent turn from your wicked ways seek god face then he will hear u in his heaven and then this land will be saved

  3. Anonymous
    April 24, 2013

    Waaaaaaaay!!!!!! Mr what you saying ther nurh :(

  4. K for Lyfe
    April 24, 2013

    My goodness:( ….God bless my island Dominica.

  5. Zor
    April 24, 2013

    Papa Met!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ……..and hurricane/rainy season doh even start yet nuh. Jah help us

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