Hurricane Maria is the latest in surge of huge storms throughout the carribean and lower United States. The people are truly suffering. For example, Hurricane Maria left medical facilities on Dominica “worse than in a war zone,” according to the country’s leader.
The Caribbean island’s main hospital has been without power since the Category 5 storm hit late Monday, killing at least 15 and injuring many others. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the facility’s intensive care unit had been destroyed and dialysis machines were down. The backup generator at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Roseau, which is located on the southwest coast of Dominica, was also flooded during the storm.
“It’s worse than in a war-zone,” Skerrit said in a live broadcast from Antigua on Thursday. “Everything has to be manual.” He appealed for nearby countries to provide helicopters to help airlift critically injured patients off the island, which is home to around 72,000 people.
It is a small miracle that more people haven’t died in the devastation, but disease and despair will be rampant. In addition to the island-wide lack of electricity, he said many communities remained without drinking water or basic necessities. Communication services are also very limited, leaving many families in the dark about the fate of their loved ones. The State Department was arranging boat evacuations for American citizens wishing to leave Dominica on Friday.
The devastation from Hurricane Maria, Irma and Harvey is looking to approach $100 billion. As this is a financial news site, companies to watch for influx of revenues include Carmax (KMX) which sells used cars, every insurance company, particularly Allstate (ALL) and Travelers (TRV), and home improvement stores such as Home Depot (HD) and Lowes (LOW). The people need to rebuild and replace things and it will take many months or years. On the short side, the insurers will take a hit while the improvement stores etc will see gains.
On a personal note, the best we can do, aside from hope and prayers, is to send aid, donate or volunteer to assist.