Hurricane Elsa update: 177 rooftops damaged, 7 houses crushed in Barbados

As of the preliminary details, the tropical storm Elsa who turned in the first category of Hurricane, has destroyed around 177 rooftops and crushed seven houses, resulting in the blockage of highways and felled trees in Barbados. However, no casualties of life have been reported yet.

Damaged caused by Hurricane Elsa in Barbados island.

Barbados: As of the preliminary details, the tropical storm Elsa who turned in the first category of Hurricane, has destroyed around 177 rooftops and crushed seven houses, resulting in the blockage of highways and felled trees in Barbados. However, no casualties of life have been reported yet.

The Prime Minister of Barbados – Mia Amor Mottley, asserted, “Let us give thanks, we have no evidence of any loss of life, and that is the most important news that we have heard today.”

She further added that there has clearly been notable damage across the island over the course of the last few hours, and it is too quick for the Barbados government to give a complete picture of the damage.

“There are several major highways that have fallen trees, at least 17 fallen trees blocking roads,” PM Mottley added. Elsa unleashed its fierceness of wailing winds at the speed of 82 miles per hour in southern Barbados, accompanied by torrential rains and thunderstorms.

The prime minister stated that complete estimates would be conducted on Saturday, and after that, she would address the nation. She emphasised that the paramount focus is to keep people safe.

The prime minister further urged those whose houses had been damaged not to remain exposed to the parts and immediately seek refuge in shelters currently open.

Following the statement, PM Mottley reassured the citizens that the government would take care of them. She then noted that the Barbados Defence Force – BDF would provide food to the shelters tonight, and the Schools Meals Department would later get over.

Electricity was gradually restored across the city, parts of Christ Church and St George, with crews from the Barbados Light and Power still conducting assessments on Friday.

“We have faced a hurricane that may well have been the worst since 1955 with Hurricane Janet. Suppose this nation has met all three things(volcanic eruptions, COVID-19 & hurricanes) in the last few months. In that case, the resilience of the Barbadian people is what, more than anything else, sustains me tonight and has given me the confidence to know that we shall get past this moment,” PM Mottley concluded.