The Chief of police in Dominica says the death toll has risen to 27 from Hurricane Maria’s strike on the island.
Police Chief Daniel Carbon, who made the disclosure during a press conference Monday, said 18 people have also been confirmed missing, according to CMC.
Maria slammed into Dominica on Sept. 18 as a Category 5 hurricane, causing devastating damage.
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 that to date 40 arrests have been made in relation to criminal matters and 86 people who violated the curfew have also been arrested.
But Carbon stressed that the situation is under control, thanks to the help being given by security personal from across the Caribbean.
“As the Prime Minister has stated, the police force was very challenged, both as it relates to search and recovery and dealing with the massive looting, but we now have the situation under control, we have our regional colleagues here and they are helping us in that regard.”
Also speaking was deputy police chief Davidson Valerie, who lamented that young people were involved in looting.
“Many of them were searching broken premises and looting from them – primarily business places. We were able to put the situation under some level of control and quell the problems that were emerging from the looting. Despite our repeated efforts on many occasions, the mobs would move from one location to another…”