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Bill in billions

ALEX DOWNES, [email protected]

Bill in billions

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The costs associated with Hurricane Maria could reach historic levels for Dominica.

While still early, executive director of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, estimated the Category 5 hurricane could cost the eastern Caribbean country way above the US$500 million of Tropical Storm Erika in 2015.

“I can tell you this. If Erika was in the region of a half-a-billion dollars, this is going to be multiples times that,” Jackson said during a media conference at CDEMA’s Lower Estate, St Michael headquarters yesterday evening.

“The entire agricultural sector is down. The tourism sector there took a significant impact. Those are two primary areas of the economy of Dominica,” he added. (AD) 

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