Hurricane Erika 2015: at Least 12 Dead

Published: August 28, 2015

Hurricane Erika 2015: at Least 12 Dead, Images from the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica show the devastation after Tropical Storm Erika left at least 12 dead.

One road is cut in half. A plane floats through what used to be an airport runway.

Trisha Scotland said the storm damage is the worst she’s seen in her lifetime.

Scotland walked 6 miles from her home in Jimmit to the capital, Roseau, to check on her mother’s business, photographing the devastation along the way.

“I’ve experienced at least 6 to 7 hurricanes. I’m not even counting the storms. I’m not even counting the depressions,” Scotland told CNN.

More than 20 are still missing, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Friday.

The country was inundated with almost 12 inches of rain in less than 10 hours, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Skerrit said Erika caused “extensive damage” across the island after floods wiped out roads and swamped villages.

He expressed particular concern for Petite Savanne, a community hit by mudslides that rescuers haven’t been able to reach.

“This is where many are feared lost,” Skerrit said.

Authorities are focusing on search-and-rescue efforts, with other countries in the region providing helicopters and other assistance.

Skerrit said the task of repairing Dominica’s “dramatically affected” infrastructure would come later, estimating that the cost would run into tens of millions of dollars.

“Usually you have damage in one particular area, but this time around it is island-wide,” Scotland said. “It is a difficult challenge ahead for Dominica.”

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