Latin America & Caribbean

In pictures: Dominica rebuilds after Storm Erika

A view of a hillside in Petite Savanne Image copyright Gemma Handy
Image caption Landslides have wiped out main roads, leaving Petite Savanne isolated

The small Caribbean country of Dominica was devastated by a tropical storm, which swept across the island on 27 August.

Heavy rain triggered landslides and turned streams into torrents which tore through bridges and riverside homes.

At least 31 people were killed and hundreds of homes were destroyed.

Gemma Handy visited the island. Her pictures show the huge task many of the island's inhabitants are facing to rebuild their homes and businesses.

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Image caption Debra Charles-Marks and her daughter Jeanette will have to rebuild the family's resort in Delices
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Image caption Many bridges collapsed and engineers are assessing which roads can be repaired
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Image caption Aaron Gilbert lost thousands of dollars worth of tools when water destroyed his welding and fabrication workshop in Mahout
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Image caption The cricket pitch in Macoucherie was one of the many places destroyed by the storm
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Image caption Ronald Jno Baptiste surveys what is left of his car repair business in Jimmit
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Image caption He estimates it will take more than a month to clean up and rebuild
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Image caption Off the coast of Roseau, a Venezuelan ship assisted with relief efforts. Dominica's Caribbean neighbours were the first to deliver aid.
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Image caption Four-year-old Hope John was happy to receive a donated T-shirt
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Image caption Hope's mother Molly John says it will cost more than $3,000 to replace the appliances in her riverside restaurant.
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Image caption Corporal Matthew Durand is trying to deter looters and protect residents, who have refused to evacuate the worst-affected village of Petite Savanne

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