Tourism Minister: This is the situation in Dominica in details

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Widespread looting, 14 dead, houses gone, ripped apart, landslides, rainforest lost is the devastating news from Dominica. 73,000 people including visitors are stranded, this is the entire population.
This is a detailed update on the state of various regions in Dominica after Hurricane Maria hit the island country.

The Dominica minister of tourism Robert Tonge sent this update in the early hours of this morning. It’s a running commentary of affected communities in the country after hurricane Maria.

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The prime minister’s principal adviser Hartley Henry has said, the prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit will be airlifted to Antigua this morning from where he’ll deliver an address from the studios of ABS television at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time (4:30 p.m. in the UK)

This is the commentary by the Prime Minister updating the situation at this time.

Roseau: Severe flooding and heavy damage throughout the city. No fatalities reported. The hospital and community centre lost their roofs. Kings Hill badly damaged, with nearly all roofs gone. All roofs gone from the hospital (in Goodwill) east to St. Aromant. Windsor Park to be used as a landing site for helicopters in the morning.

Laudat: No information.

Morne Prosper: One fatality.

Morne Daniel: Houses damaged.

Canefield: Airport inoperable. Severe damage to areas of town nearest the airport.

Massacre: Lost roofs.

Mahaut: 95% of roofs gone.

Layou: “Took a beating”, presumably to flooding from the Layou River. The bridges are out.

St. Joseph: “Not so bad”

Mero: No information.

Salisbury: Houses lost roofs.

Morne Raquette: No information.

Coulibistrie: Minimal wind damage but severe flooding from Coulibistrie River, at a higher level than in TS Erika.

Colihaut: No communications with police station. Minimal wind damage but severe flooding from Colihaut River.

Picard: All Ross students who stayed on campus accounted for. Minimal damage to campus, some roofs off in surrounding area.

Portsmouth: 95% of roofs gone.

Tanetane, Penville: No information.

Vieille Case: Police station destroyed.

Dos d’Ane: One fatality, 5 missing.

Bense, Calibishie, Woodford Hill: No information.

Wesley: Town very badly damaged.

Marigot: Airport surprisingly clear and may be operational within days. Town very badly damaged. No communications with police station.

Atkinson: Severe damage.

Bataka, Monkey Hill, Salibia, Gaulette, Sineku, Castle Bruce, Good Hope, Petite Soufriere: No information.

Rosalie, Morne Jaune: No information, presumed very badly damaged or destroyed.

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.