A state of emergency has been declared in Dominica following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

In a statement yesterday, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the Commonwealth of Dominica was still isolated with no means of communications and transportation connections to the neghbouring islands.

Skerrit said the French government was sending a helicopter to the devastated country to provide assistance and facilitate the evaluation of the situation.

The Prime Minister said with recovery now underway, he had declared a state of emergency and a curfew from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily.

In the aftermath of the hurricane, seven persons have been confirmed dead.

On Tuesday the executive director of the Barbados based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson said that based on historical knowledge of Dominica and the fact that the eye of storm swept across the island from southeast to northwest, there would be “billions of dollars” in damage, with virtually every one of the estimated 70 000 population directly or indirectly impacted.

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