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Avalanches and Landslides

Dominica declares disaster status after storm leaves 20 dead

Rescue teams worked Sunday to reopen roads to remote communities in Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people and left more than 50 missing on the Caribbean island. Officials evacuated the first 109 of roughly 1,000 people ordered out of the town of Petite-Savanne because of fears of new landslides, said Don Corritte, director of the office of disaster management. Evacuations were carried out by boat because of damage to roads and bridges. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that all of the residents of the town in the country's southeast would be evacuated on Monday. He declared disaster status for nine local areas. Skerrit...