In Pictures: Reconstructing life in Dominica after Hurricane Maria

In Pictures: Reconstructing life in Dominica after Hurricane Maria

Months after Hurricane Maria, the inhabitants of Dominica are still struggling to recover from the destruction. The hurricane, which struck on 18 September 2017, was the worst disaster caused by a natural phenomenon on the island in recent memory, bringing winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (category 5), as well as torrential rains, floods and landslides.

As the people of Dominica slowly rebuild their livelihoods, homes and infrastructure they can only hope that the upcoming hurricane season, starting in June, will not bring more destruction to their beautiful island.

Photos by: Hler Gudjonsson / IFRC

The house of retired carpenter Robert Timothy was completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Because he is already 66 years old he cannot find a job in construction, but he has salvaged old materials from other buildings that he can use in the rebuilding of his home in Tarish Pit, Saint George parish. Robert received a package with various relief items from the Dominica Red Cross, including a hygiene kit, bucket, jerry cans and a solar light.

Before Hurricane Maria, Felton Bougouneau owned four small houses in Fond Cole in Saint George parish and earned a living by renting them out. They were all completely destroyed and now he lives in a tiny shack on the mountainside with his wife Melinda and cooks his meals on an open fire on the floor. Despite his misfortune the 67 year old retiree is happy and full of energy.

During Hurricane Maria, Victoria Williams and her family sought shelter on the lower floor of their house, which is located in the Salisbury Valley area, Saint George parish. The young primary school teacher and her newborn son were unharmed, but the whole upper floor was completely blown away and everything inside destroyed. The Dominica Red Cross gave her diapers for her baby as part of relief distributions to disaster affected people in the country.

Francis Williams has been unemployed since Hurricane Maria hit Dominica. She lives in a shack with her husband and a 3 months old baby. Like so many other families in Salisbury, Saint Joseph parish, Francis received relief goods from the Dominica Red Cross, including diapers and hygiene items. The IFRC supported relief distributions have reached almost 15,000 people as part of the Hurricane Maria operation.

Francis Williams has been unemployed since Hurricane Maria hit Dominica. She lives in a shack with her husband and a 3 months old baby. Like so many other families in Salisbury, Saint Joseph parish, Francis received relief goods from the Dominica Red Cross, including diapers and hygiene items. The IFRC supported relief distributions have reached almost 15,000 people as part of the Hurricane Maria operation.

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