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Dominica works towards recovery

 

Dominica was ravaged by Hurricane Maria on Sept 18, with the small island nation being nearly wiped off the map. 

Building with concrete is an effective way to weather the hurricane but Dominica’s people cannot afford it, according to Delaware Online.

Concrete is expensive on the island, so homes are made up of half wood, half concrete and some have stucco or tin involved in the structures.

“You do the slab first. You come back a little later with the walls. You come back a year later and you build the roof as you get money,” said Jason Otis, a concrete construction contractor from the coastal town of Mero, told Delaware Online.

Otis explained that it can take five to seven years for an average concrete home to built, and it will be years before the island is returned to pre-Maria condition.

The country’s prime minister had his own roof blown off by the category five storm before rescue services could get to him.

In other nearby islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, they have massive government backing of the United States or United Kingdom, but people in Dominica are happy if they are not confused with the Dominican Republic.

Dominica is a former British colony and

 

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