Dominica battered by Maria but Dominicans not broken – PM Skerrit
26 July, 2018 (Dominica News Online) Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said that Hurricane Maria has battered and bruised Dominica but Dominicans remain unbroken.
Presenting the 2018-2019 National Budget in Parliament on Wednesday, he said Dominicans are scarred like the mountains that surround them but they are still standing.
“On the evening of 18th September, a merciless Maria passed over Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane, striking us with winds in excess of 175 miles per hour and an intensity, which thank God, is rarely seen by members of the human family,” he said. “Much as we wished her to leave, Maria stayed the whole night. In the wake of her departure, she left what a shocked, international media described with terms such as, “the denuding of the landscape”, “the devastation of the infrastructure”, “the disappearance or death of loved ones” and “the despair of those remaining behind, who had lost everything for which they had worked and who were now forced to survive on an island where there was little to eat, no fresh water, and no electrical power, only fear, darkness and an uncertain future.”
He said devastating hurricane was like a nightmare and reality show “except that no one could shake us awake; nor could we turn the television off, because this was our unexpected and painful reality.”
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