Gemma Handy

In pictures: Dominica rebuilds after Storm Erika

16 September 2015

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A view of a hillside in Petite Savanne

Image copyright: Gemma HandyImage captionLandslides 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.

Debra Charles-Marks and her daughter Jeanette look at the damage at the family's resort in Delices

Image copyrightGemma Handy Image captionDebra Charles-Marks and her daughter Jeanette will have to

rebuild the family's resort in Delices

A flooded road in Dominica

Image copyright Gemma Handy Image caption: Many bridges collapsed and engineers are assessing

which roads can be repaired

Aaron Gilbert in front of his workshop in Mahout in September 2015

Image copyrightGemma Handy Image captionAaron Gilbert lost thousands of dollars worth of tools when

water destroyed his welding and fabrication workshop in Mahout

View of Macoucherie cricket pitch

Image copyrightGemma HandyImage captionThe cricket pitch in Macoucherie was one of the many

places destroyed by the storm

Ronald Jno Baptiste stands among the ruins of his car repair business in Jimmit

Image copyrightGemma HandyImage captionRonald Jno Baptiste surveys what is left of his car repair

business in Jimmit

Damaged cars in Ronald Jno Baptiste's car repair business in Jimmit

Image copyrightGemma HandyImage captionHe estimates it will take more than a month to clean up and

rebuild

A Venezuelan ship can be seen docked off Roseau in September 2015

Image copyrightGemma HandyImage captionOff the coast of Roseau, a Venezuelan ship assisted with

relief efforts. Dominica's Caribbean neighbours were the first to deliver aid.

Hope John holds up a donated T-shirt

Image copyrightGemma Handy Image captionFour-year-old Hope John was happy to receive a donated

T-shirt

Molly John stands outside her ruined restaurant in September 2015

Image copyrightGemma HandyImage captionHope's mother Molly John says it will cost more than $3,000

to replace the appliances in her riverside restaurant.

Matthew Durand stands next to a home in Petite Savanne

Image copyrightGemma HandyImage captionCorporal Matthew Durand is trying to deter looters and

protect residents, who have refused to evacuate the worst-affected village of Petite Savanne