Help is on The Way to Dominica

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St. Lucia Coast Guard vessel 'Defender' pulling out of the Castries harbour heading for Dominica with supplies and emergency personnel.

Earlier today a contingent of thirty policemen and six firemen from the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and Fire Service set sail aboard the Defender for Dominica.

On board is much needed emergency supplies and communications equipment.

Heading to team is Minister of National Security, Hermangild Francis and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Milton Desir.

The firemen form part of the CDEMA Fire Rescue Team deployed under CDEMA through NEMO.

Dominica was devastated two days ago, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 when category 5 Hurricane Maria unleashed its fury on the island of 73,000.

Reports are that 80-90 percent of buildings have been damaged or totally destroyed.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressed his nation from Antigua Thursday afternoon, saying the storm was “brutal” to the Caribbean island. He confirmed that 15 people had died in that country, and at least 20 were missing.

All radio, TV, Internet, cell phone and land lines had been knocked out when the mega storm hit. The only contact with the outside world has been via ham radio.

Hurricane Maria then went on to pound Puerto Rico Wednesday knocking out power to the entire island, and leaving its 3.5 million residents in darkness.

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