As the island continues to feel the effects of a tropical wave, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has urged the public to be cautious.
“We want to continue to advise our people to be prepared, and to be cautious, and to take note of the hazards in our respective communities,” he said, in an interview with Kairi FM, on Tuesday morning.
He pointed to “dramatic change in our climatic pattern our climatic conditions.”
On Monday, June 6, the Dominica Meteorological Services issued a Flood Warning, which was later upgraded to a flood watch. The Warning was issued at 5:00pm and remained in effect until 6:00am on June 7.
The Met Office said the tropical wave is still affecting the island.
Skerrit stated that the public must assume the responsibility of ensuring their own safety, particularly in case of flooding, due to heavy rainfall.
“We’ve been having rain for the past several days in Dominica and because of the nature of our soil and our terrain, you have challenges,” he explained. “And, this why we’re saying to people that the unblocking of ravines, the unblocking of drains, it is the responsibility of all of us—it’s not just the government that has the responsibility.”
The Prime Minister encouraged Dominicans to take note of advisories from the Office of Disaster Management (ODM), and to do everything possible to minimize the potential damage to persons and property.
He advised against complacency, and called for every individual to be vigilant during the Hurricane Season.
“We mustn’t be complacent. We have to take the advisory, the announcements, the presentations coming from the ODM very, very seriously… We have to be vigilant,” Skerrit articulated.
The Meteorological Office has warned that although the Flash Flood Warning for Dominica has been discontinued, a tropical wave is still affecting the island and persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to continue to be vigilant and to exercise caution.