Dominica’s police chief says the death toll following the passage of Hurricane Maria has now risen to 27.

Police Chief Daniel Carbon, who made the disclosure during a press conference yesterday, said 18 people have also been confirmed missing, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported.

Concerning security, he noted that the police have been kept busy with the latest incident being a prison break that took place late Sunday in which four people escaped. However, he said two were captured shortly afterwards by members of the police force.

Carbon added that another challenge is that of “massive looting” in the capital and other sections of the island.

“I can report that immediately following the passage of Hurricane Maria we have had massive looting. Several business places in the city of Roseau and to a less extent in the town of Portsmouth had looting”, he said, according to CMC.

He said that to date 40 arrests have been made in relation to criminal matters and 86 people who violated the 4:00pm to 8:00am curfew have also been arrested.

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