Hurricane Maria batters Caribbean, one dead, two missing in Guadeloupe

Pointe-a-Pitre, PTI | Updated : 20 September 2017, 08:00 AM
Satellite imagery of Hurricane Maria
Satellite imagery of Hurricane Maria

At least one person was killed as Hurricane Maria battered Guadeloupe, officials said on Tuesday, in the first confirmed casualty from the huge storm sweeping the eastern Caribbean.

The person was killed by a falling tree, the local administration said, while two more were reported missing after their ship sank off Desirade, the easternmost island in the French territory’s archipelago.

The dead person “did not respect orders to stay inside”, authorities said in a statement, adding that “several floods have been signalled” around Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe’s largest city.

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Coastal areas around the capital Basse-Terre have also been “submerged”.“All of the archipelago’s road networks have been affected by falling trees or branches,” it said.

Little damage to buildings had been reported so far, though “some roofs have been ripped off”.

Authorities said 40 per cent of households in the territory of some 400,000 had no electricity, and 25 per cent of landlines had been cut.

The US National Hurricane Center described Maria as “potentially catastrophic” as it pushed northwest towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

First Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 07:56 AM
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