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Historian speaks to Dominica’s recovery 1 year after Hurricane Maria

by: - September 19, 2018
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Dr Lennox Honychurch (file photo)

September 18, 2018 marked the one year anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Monday 18th September, 2017 as a category 5 storm with winds over 175 miles per hour, and was recorded as the deadliest Hurricane to hit the island.

There was massive island wide destruction of infrastructure, over 31 dead and 34 missing. The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment concluded that Hurricane Maria resulted in total damages of EC$2.51 billion (US$931 million) and losses of EC$1.03 billion (US$382 million), which amounts to 226 percent of 2016 gross domestic product (GDP).

In an interview with Dominica Vibes Historian Dr. Lennox Honychurch said recovery after Hurricane Maria was done more speedily, compared to Hurricane David.

Mr. Honychurch stated though difficult in some areas to compare the recovery of Hurricane David and Hurricane Maria, Dominica is recovering speedily post Hurricane Maria, with assistance received locally and internationally.

Recovery after Hurricane Maria, he added can be attributed to the type of equipment on the island.

“I would say in the case of Hurricane Maria because of the things that were in place things were done more speedily where as in Hurricane David things were done in a different fashion an continue to be done throughout the 1980’s”, Mr. Honychurch said.

“Well one of the main things we have to understand there is a thirty-eight year difference between Hurricane Maria and Hurricane David and the situations were different,” he added.

Mr. Honychurch said “In 2018 we had bigger more powerful earth moving equipment and many more bits of equipment and we were able to proceed much faster with recovery, where as in Hurricane David there was limited equipment.”