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Dominica declares disaster status after storm leaves 20 dead

Published 31/08/2015

Strong winds and waves batter the coast as tropical storm Erika approaches Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (AP)
Strong winds and waves batter the coast as tropical storm Erika approaches Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (AP)

The Caribbean island of Dominica is appealing for international aid to help it recover from Tropical Storm Erika, which left at least 20 people dead before it moved north and dissipated.

In a national address, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he was declaring disaster status for nine local areas.

Erika passed the island on Wednesday, bringing strong winds and intense rain that provoked flooding and landslides. Hundreds of homes were destroyed.

Skerrit appealed for international aid and estimated that damage from the storm could set the country's development back two decades.

In Haiti, the storm killed at least one person in a suspected landslide. Four others died when a truck hit a bus during the downpour.

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