Opening of new school term in Dominica postponed due to weather condition

Monday, September 05, 2016

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ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — The opening of the new school term has been pushed back, at least for one day, as a result of heavy rains that have been battering Dominica since the last weekend.
Education Minister Petter St Jean, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio Monday, said that “based on the heavy continuous rainfall that we have been experiencing over the past 24 or so hours , coupled with the weather advisory…and given the state of the roadway in numerous areas…we wish to advise the public that school sessions have been called off for today.
“Schools will be closed today. It was expected we would have commenced the official start of the school term today but based on the weather conditions we have taken a decision to suspend the re-opening of schools for today,” he said, adding “ we will continue to monitor the weather …”.
The Met Office here Monday said that Dominica and the Lesser Antilles would continue to be affected by a tropical wave and as a result “moisture and instability associated with the passage…will maintain cloudiness and showers across Dominica and parts of the Lesser Antilles”.
The Met office advised persons residing in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks to remain vigilant and to exercise caution.
It said that moderate sea conditions are expected during the next 12 to 24 hours with waves peaking near seven feet.
One year ago, Tropical Storm Erika dumped six inches of rain, within six hours on the island, triggering floods and mudslides. At least 31 people were killed, 500 homes destroyed and several communities cut off.
The government had put cost of the damage at more than EC$200 million (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents).

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