Hurricanes expose resilience gap on small islands
Two years ago this month, Tropical Storm Erika, dumped an enormous quantity of rain on the small island of Dominica in the Caribbean. The night-time event took the country by surprise. There were 31 deaths, and, by one estimate, 200 landslides. The main airport was severely damaged. The most long-lasting effect on Dominica’s 72,000 people was the estimated economic losses of $500 million, roughly equivalent to its entire GDP for one year.
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