Dominica hurricane damage survey likely to help reduce disaster risk worldwide

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Members of the survey team. Photo via Dominica News Online; credit Dr. Richard Teeuw)
Members of the survey team. Photo via Dominica News Online; credit Dr. Richard Teeuw)

The biggest natural disaster to ever hit the Caribbean island of Dominica is now likely to provide guidelines for reducing the risk globally of disaster from hurricanes.

Scientists led by disaster expert Dr. Richard Teeuw, of the University of Portsmouth, are surveying the damage to Dominica’s landscape, infrastructure and communities following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Dominica was devastated by the hurricane last September which left 68 people dead or missing. The hurricane registered as Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum wind speeds of 260 km/h.

The results of the surveys will provide guidelines for reducing vulnerability and exposure to hurricane-driven floods.

Read more at: Dominica News Online

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