September 26, 2017 11:19 am
Updated: September 26, 2017 12:07 pm

Canadian warship arrives at hurricane-ravaged island to find ‘near total devastation’

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ROSEAU, Dominica — A Canadian warship captain says a small Caribbean island has suffered “near total devastation,” and locals are growing increasingly desperate a week after Hurricane Maria.

Commander Gord Noseworthy says the Halifax-based frigate HMCS St. John’s arrived Sunday in Dominica, where electricity has still been only partially restored in the capital of Roseau.

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He says much of the water supply has been contaminated from flooding after the catastrophic Category 5 storm pummelled the island.

Noseworthy says his 230-member crew is removing debris from streets, airlifting food and water to isolated areas and delivering medical aid.

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The crew also located several Canadian citizens, who have been repatriated aboard a Hercules military aircraft.

Earlier this month, the Royal Canadian Navy ship helped the residents of South Caicos after hurricane Irma battered the small island.

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