Former Prime Minister, Oliver J Seraphin, who had to deal with the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane David in 1979, has made an appeal for international assistance following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
“I was Prime Minister during Hurricane David in 1979, at a similar event, and the world did respond in huge way as we did receive assistance from the entire planet as it were and I am suggesting that if it is any way at all that anyone with a conscience, that has a heart for helping those who have been affected, we are asking that you do the best that you can,” he stated.
The former Prime Minister noted that he cannot find a word to describe what Dominica is going through after the ravages of Erika.
“One of which of course is the fact that we have many deaths, there are villages that have been ravaged by the storm, there have been floods and the floods have washed away building, the road network has been affected …” he remarked.
He noted that the present Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has launched an appeal which is being managed by Baroness Patricia Scotland because the fact remains that Dominica is in need of help.
“So we are launching an appeal to the world community,” Seraphin said.
Oliver Seraphin became Prime Minister of Dominica on June 25 1979, at the request of the “Committee of National Salvation” following civil disturbances in May 1979.
Just three months later, on August 29, 1979 Hurricane David, described as one of the deadliest hurricanes of the latter half of the 20th century, struck Dominica, killing about 56 people.
Following the Hurricane, Seraphin was credited for a number of bi-lateral initiatives in relation to aid for Dominica including visits to Canada, the United States, France, Venezuela and Barbados.