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Return to Dominica (Post-Maria)

Dominica Overview1.jpgA weeklong trip back to Dominica finds the country hammered by Hurricane Maria, whose 160mph winds damaged almost all of the island’s buildings five months ago. Today half the roofs on the island are still covered in blue tarpaulin, and the remnants of huge, destructive mudslides are to be seen everywhere: piles of broken trees litter the landscape, though now removed from the roads and habitable areas that they blocked for weeks. Acres of forest remain stripped of foliage where Maria’s force denuded them of every leaf. Here is a stretch of timber on the island’s Atlantic side that I viewed as we landed at Dominica’s Melville Hall airport. The approach rivals that of Gustavia in St. Bart’s for its reach-out-and-touch-the-vegetation fun:

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Longtime readers will recall that Dominica is the home of a large colony of sperm whales with whom one can happily swim.


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