Dominica’s death toll has risen to 27 from Hurricane Maria; many still missing

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…”


  1. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 9:50 am

    That’s negroes for you. Of all the things to be doing after a storm is to steal. The stories I am hearing from Dominica are really heartbreaking. Can you imagine how bad it would be if we got hit by such a storm?

  2. Serious
    September 26, 2017 at 10:06 am

    This is not a negro problem neither is it unique to Dominica. It is unique to people who are in a disaster and desperate situation. The same thing happened in the USA and elsewhere, Check it out before you inaccurately accuse negro people.

    1. Anonymous
      September 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      And it is the negroes who were looting in the USA. I can understand taking food and water. But ripping up offices. Stealing fixtures. That’s downright disgusting behaviour.

  3. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 11:08 am

    New Testament Verse of the Day:

    “So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

    – Matthew 9: 6

    1. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
      September 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      I am so sorry to see how religion destroyed your mind, what a slave you have become. Free yourself from mental slavery!

  4. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    necessity knows no law

  5. Damm
    September 26, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Some people just reaching the capital by foot after days of walking. Don’t know nothing about no curfew…

  6. Proud Lucian
    September 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    If there is one thing i can say about my Saint Lucian people, after hurricane tomas all hands were on deck helping each other and the state as bad as it was. No time to loot or cause ciaos. We were preoccupied with getting our country moving again and yes that was done in record time. I am proud of my Saint Lucian people.

  7. Joseph
    September 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Dominica has lost a total of 27 dead and the entire country devastated it is sad to have lost important lives sad RIP but looks at the bright side people are sad because they have worked so hard to accumulate material things house land car big house ect. That they lost only 27 lives lost in that debate of mess