October 18th Update
Roseau Dominica – (October 18, 2017) – Dominica was severely impacted by category 5 Hurricane Maria on September 18, 2017. Assessment of the country’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges and sites and attractions continues. Updated information from daily press briefings are accessible at http://www.opm.gov.dm/. Following is an update on island services: – View Release
September 30th Update
The ferry company L’Express Des Iles has resumed service between Dominica and Saint Lucia. While there is no service today, 30 September, beginning tomorrow there will be daily service through to Friday 6 October, although there will be return service only tomorrow 1 October and Friday 6 October. On the remaining days, service will be one way only, either from or to Dominica.
The government has announced that Calls may fax and telephone landline services are back up in the northern town of Portsmouth, and that the main Princess Margaret Hospital continues to function, along with most of the major type 3 healthcare centres on island. However, it says only some of the wards are currently functional and occupied, water and electricity have been partially restored and only emergency/life-saving surgical procedures are being performed.
Source: CTO POST HURRICANES CARIBBEAN UPDATE #1, Sept 30th
September 27th Update
- Fort Young Hotel – 9/25 – Hotel Website: “On the evening of Monday, September 18, the island of Dominica sustained a direct hit by Hurricane Maria, a category 5 storm. All guests of the Fort Young Hotel have now been evacuated, and all staff are safe and accounted for. Also, although the hotel has sustained extensive damage, we are operating a minimal service for aid and relief workers. Due to the impact of Hurricane Maria, Fort Young Hotel will be closed for the immediate future. Guests with affected reservations will be contacted once management is able to use standard forms of communication.”
- Secret Bay Dominica – 9/27 – FB post: “We are relieved to report we have been in contact with or confirmed the safety of all Secret Bay staff. Communication networks have not yet been restored on the north of the island, but the road from Dominica’s capital city Roseau to Portsmouth was opened on Saturday, giving core staff access to resort grounds. Damage assessments are underway. We hope to have an update soon regarding restoration of grounds and structures.”
- Rosalie Bay Resort – A nature and Wellness Resort – 9/27 – FB post: “We appreciate everyone who has expressed concern, well wishes and prayers for Dominica. Unfortunately, power, landlines and cell service remain down throughout the island. Once communication is restored, we will provide updates on the staff and Rosalie Bay Resort as they become available.”
A clearer picture is beginning to emerge of Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Dominica. Yesterday evening (20 September), the principal to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit shared photographs – including the first of the prime minister since the storm (meaning the images are genuine and can be used). Images can be accessed via http://bit.ly/2fkfxg1.
Prime Minster Roosevelt Skerrit posted on his Facebook page that Canefield Airport is open and the largest aircraft that can land is the Twin Otter until 15 minutes after sunset.
The prime minister confirmed 15 dead so far.
Source: CTO Update 3, Sept 21
Dominica Update – Message from Hartley Henry, the principal advisor to Dominica’s prime minister (Sep 20) – View Release
US State Department – Message of Solidarity with Dominica & Caribbean (Sep 20) – View Release