Hurricane Maria: Dominica complete communication outage 12 hours
sean at donelan.com
Wed Sep 20 04:50:15 UTC 2017
Its very unusual to loose all communications with a country for almost 12
hours in 2017.
During Hurricane Maria, essentially all communications were cut with
the Commonwealth of Dominica at about September 19, 2017 at 4:00am local
time. It took nearly 12 hours to re-establish any communications with
officials on the island via radio. There has been some unofficial
communications with ham radio operators, assumed to be on the island.
All power, wireline, internet and cell service appears to still be out.
Its unclear how much is due to general damage which will take a while to
repair or specific points which could be repaired quickly.
There are some VSAT links in Dominica, but I didn't get responses from
the ones I tried.
Initial aerial fly-overs by CDEMA/RSS, a joint disaster agency by 6
participating countries in the Eastern Caribbean, saw 70%-80% damage to
buildings, the hospital and other infrastructure. The Barbados Coast
Guard is sailing tonight towards Dominica trying to re-establish better
communications for relief efforts. Additional relief personnel are due
to be sent in the morning, during daylight hours.
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