Roseau, Dominica: Annika Bellot- Former Customer Service Representative at the National Bank of Dominica, through its official social media account, expressed disappointment over the impacts of climate change.
The east of Dominica, such as Castle Bruce and Petite Soufriere, witnessed heavy rainfall causing flash flooding and landslides. The entire situation caused huge devastation and deaths of people across the regions.
On November 12, 2022, Annika Bellot took a drive to the east of the island and boy, pictures just do not do it Justice at all. The world cannot deny the impact of climate change on our small islands.
Outlining the impact of climate change on small island nations like Dominica, Annika Bellot stressed that the hurricane season means nothing anymore – extreme weather does not have a season. It does not spare us because we are still picking up the pieces.
“We can only be so resilient. But SIDS, we need climate financing from the global north and we need it now. Some of these people said the impact of last week’s rains was worse than that of Hurricane Maria for them, “Anika Bellot stated.
Yesterday, With the support of several individuals and entities, they were able to deliver quite a bit of relief supplies to people in urgent need to supplement the national response.
Anika Bellot also extended gratitude to Allen Bonet, Ray Florent, Daryl Darroux and especially Aaron Challenger from the area who helped carry supplies and make it through all the way through to Petite Soufriere out of the goodness of their hearts the road is impassable due to a major slide in San Sauveur.
Video Credits: Annika Bellot Facebook Page
Annika Bellot asked the citizens of Dominica that they are going back tomorrow, they can directly message if they want to contribute to the next round. People can send funds or she can arrange for pick up of water/ dry food supplies.
As per the Eastern Caribbean Weather updates, the Lesser Antilles remains mostly under the dry part of a digging upper trough which is keeping showers mostly widely scattered. The exception is around Guadeloupe and also western portions of Trinidad where a few moderate to heavy showers and brief thunderstorms occurred with daytime heating.
Drier conditions continue tonight with a slight increase in scattered light to a few moderate showers on Sunday to Monday as the surface trough passes. There will also be an increase in chances for isolated thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall depending on the upper trough interaction. Monitor local weather reports for any alerts or increased chances for favorable conditions for enhanced rainfall.
The satellite analysis(3rd pic) currently shows the upper trough is already reflecting deep so if it positions its axis further west of the islands it could put the islands under favorable conditions for enhanced rainfall than is shown in recent model forecasts.
Areas of showers and a few thunderstorms affected the Windwards overnight to Friday morning. Some light to few moderate showers can be expected rest of today to tonight in parts of the Leewards as upper trough digs in and the southern islands from St. Vincent south. There is a bit more drier air gradually moving into the islands continuing to Saturday.
A surface to low level trough has an area of spin near 14N52.5W east of the Lesser Antilles/north of Guianas. Most thunderstorms are from the north to southeast. It will move W-WNW towards the Lesser Antilles late Saturday and bring scattered light to at time moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms by Sunday to Monday as the upper trough interacts with it. The interaction will be less favorable at first but around the start of the week could have some more enhanced showers. The heaviest showers may occur on land or water, so islands need to be on alert since it has been wet recently.