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Tropical storm wreaks havoc over Dominica

MUDSLIDE: Banks damaged on a roadside

A VIOLENT storm moving across Caribbean island Dominica has resulted in casualties as mudslides have destroyed roads and rivers have run amok.

Reports have emerged that the island’s football team has also been caught in the torrential rainfall.

Local news source DaVibes reports that three footballers have been injured as they were travelling to Melville Hall Airport in order to fly out for Windward Islands Football Tournament in St Vincent.

They were reportedly involved in an incident which saw the road open up leaving a 40 foot drop.

The severe rainfall has caused landslides in the localities of Bagatelle, Petite Savanne, Delices, Portsmouth and Capuchin, according to Steve Joseph, a programme officer at the island’s Office of Disaster Management (ODM).

The storm and heavy rainfall are a result of a low pressure trough system moving across the region.

The country’s prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit has made an urgent appeal to citizens to take extra care as they travel.

Joseph echoed his sentiment.

“We’re asking the public to be extremely, extremely vigilant and do not speed now that the roads are wet”, DaVibes quoted the ODM official as saying.

“We’re asking people that they should have visibility to be able to stop if there is some affected area in the road”, he added.

Emergency services have been deployed to assist people caught in the heavy down pours.

The adverse weather may ease in the next 24 hours – Dominica Meteorological Service predicts scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.

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