Replay
The Sound Kitchen
Feelin’ good!
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • RFI English News flash 04h00 - 04h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/21 04h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 04h10 - 04h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/21 04h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 05h00 - 05h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/21 05h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 05h10 - 05h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/21 05h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h00 - 06h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/21 06h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h10 - 06h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/21 06h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h30 - 06h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/21 06h30 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h33 - 06h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/21 06h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h00 - 07h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/21 07h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h30 - 07h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/21 07h30 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 10/21 14h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h06 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/20 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 14h03 - 14h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 10/21 14h03 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h06 - 14h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/20 14h06 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h30 - 14h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/21 14h30 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h33 - 14h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/21 14h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 10/21 16h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h06 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 10/20 16h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h03 - 16h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 10/21 16h03 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h30 - 16h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/21 16h30 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h33 - 17h00 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 10/21 16h33 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Afp

In Dominica, islanders stand strong despite chaos

By AFP
media Dominica is largely cut off from the outside world after Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean island AFP

It's been less than a week since Hurricane Maria largely destroyed the Caribbean island of Dominica -- but despite cut-off supplies and extreme conditions, its inhabitants remain optimistic in the face of devastation.

Maria killed 15 people when it tore through the "Nature Island" -- population 72,000 -- as a Category Five storm, leaving its once-luscious green mountains stripped to dirt.

Ferry services between Dominica and the nearby French islands Guadeloupe and Martinique resumed Friday. On one leaving Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, passengers witnessed the extent of the damage -- including roofs torn away and hilltops battered by the torrential rain.

One man, Jean-Luc Royer, travelled with supplies including water sterilization tablets for his family, who contacted him by radio.

At the island's only functioning port, in the capital Roseau, a few weary-looking people waited in the hope of leaving Dominica, and to ask about conditions on other islands.

But the usual stream of taxis was nowhere to be seen. Clumps of wires, sheet metal and wood, along with diminishing gas supplies have made road travel impossible -- replaced by lines of pedestrians fetching food and water.

There is no running water, no electricity and limited telecommunication, with a curfew in place between 4 pm and 8 am.

-'Nobody comes to help us'-

Meanwhile, the island's stadium is now a heliport for aircraft circling over the island. Soldiers from the Netherlands and St Lucia, United Nations personnel, Venezuelan rescuers and firemen from Martinique patrol on the ground.

A team from Medecins Sans Frontieres from Haiti is also evaluating medical needs -- with Dominica's injured currently treated in the partially destroyed hospital's corridors.

"The whole country has been devastated. People are still in a shell shock because there is a lot of stress on them. It's a sudden change of life," said Deputy Prime Minister John Collin McIntyre, adding that 90 per cent of Dominica's houses are "compromised."

Schnyler Esprit, in charge of logistics at Dominica State College, said Maria was "a hundred times worse than Erika", which killed 30 people in 2015.

"Erika was violent but very localized. This is widespread. Everything is disorganized. I'm afraid we are going to lack food and water very soon. I heard the Red cross have been looted, some supermarkets have been looted, too," he said.

But despite the chaos, not a single Dominican that AFP came across complained. "Dominica is strong, we will rise again!" said Christina Morancy, from the disadvantaged community of Newtown, near Roseau.

In Roseau itself, a large warehouse of building materials was ripped open as people try to rebuild what they can. Unlike French-Dutch St Martin, Dominica is an impoverished island, with few shops to loot.

"Here, it is every man for himself, nobody comes to help us. It's survival," said George Elyzee, 86, whose home was flooded but kept its roof.

"It is as if you were in Syria," said Casimir Augustus, president of the Dominican Association in Guadeloupe, who came to the island to confirm if his aunt "is still alive".

But even he remains optimistic, adding, "Come back in six months, you will see."

 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.