West Coast of Dominica received a severe battering from Hurricane
Omar from about midnight October 15, 2008. A preliminary report
from the Office of Disaster Management has indicated that there is
wide spread infrastructural damage to roads, sea defenses, ports
and utilities from sea swells and several families have been
30 families or approximately 125 persons from the West Coast were
made homeless and are currently with friends and families.
Community of Scotts Head in the south, with a population of 450,
is cut off from the rest of the country and will be for a few days
since the coastal road to that community is extensively damage.
That community is without electricity, water and landline
to several other communities along the west coast is difficult.
to heavy lightning activities, there were widespread power
outages. Several areas around the island were still without
electricity and landline phones. During the day cell phone service
main port was damaged and the Ferry Terminal was extensively
damaged. The Cruise ship ports were slightly damaged. All barge
access for hauling sand and stones were totally destroyed.
west side of the Canefield Airport was slightly damaged.
‘sizeable’ boats ran aground in the second town of Portsmouth
and two in the villages of Bioche/Dublanc.
from the entire West Coast lost boats, boat houses, engines and
severe weather resulted in Government’s decision to shut down
the country for 24 hours on Thursday October 16, 2008. The Airport
on the West Coast and Shipping was suspended, but the main Airport
and essential services were kept operational.
assessment is continuing to determine the full extent of the
wave height was reported in the area of the northern and western
coast line extending to parts of the south.
significant damage reported except for encroachment of waves into
land space and some of the streets in the city of Saint George.
There are areas of beach erosion towards the south parts of the
more detail assessment is being carried out to determine the
extent of the damage.
National Emergency Management Organization has informed that the
island suffered coastal impacts from the storm surge associated
with Hurricane Omar. The Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis
(DANA) Team is currently conducting assessment a report will be