Major Events Affecting Dominica (1975 - 2017)


The first official cases of SARS-CoV-2, better known as COVID-19 were recorded on December 31, 2019 in Wuhan China. By March 22, 2020,
the Commonwealth of Dominica reported its first case of COVID-19 from a 45- year old Dominican citizen returning on vacation.
A state of emergency was announced on April 1, 2020 and nightly and weekend curfews were implemented, as well as a full shut down of the country’s air and sea ports.
Borders reopened in a phased approach from July 15, 2020 for returning nationals and August 7, 2022 for all foreign travelers with submission of valid
PCR tests.

From August 31, 2021 to January 4, 2023, there was a significant increase by six thousand, eight hundred and seventy four (6874) positive cases,
compared to the one hundred and ninety-nine (199) cases previously recorded. To date, fifteen thousand, seven hundred and sixty (15,760)
individuals have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dominica with seventy four (74) deaths and fifteen thousand, six hundred and seventy three recovered (15,673).*

*Summary provided by Primary Health Care Services - Ministry of Health, Wellness and Social Services as of 13th September 2023


Date Event Impact Losses Classification
September 18, 2017 Hurricane Maria (Category 5)  Total devastation  31 deaths, 37 missing

224% GDP

Damage to housing, infrastructure, agriculture

August 27, 2015 Tropical Storm Erika Widespread Damage to housing and infrastructure  90% of GDP  Disaster
April 2013 Trough System (flash floods and landslides) Damage to roadways 2 deaths Hazard area
May 24, 2010 San Sauveur Slide Disaster Zone 3 deaths Area disaster zone
2009 H1N1 Alert No cases reported Alert/ phase
2008 Hurricane Omar (Sea surge 20 to 30 feet) Coastal Damage No deaths Hazard area
2007 Hurricane Dean (Category 2) - Flash flooding Agriculture
2 deaths Emergency
November 21, 2004 Earthquake (6.3 Richter Scale) Housing
No deaths North declared a disaster area
2003 Carholm landslide Agriculture
No deaths Flood prone/hazard area
1999 Hurricane Lenny (Sea surge 30 - 40 feet) Coastal Damage No deaths Hazard area
1995 Hurricane Luis
1995 Hurricane Marilyn (Category 1) Agriculture
No deaths Emergency
1995 Hurricane Iris
1989 Hurricane Hugo
1988 Hurricane Gilbert
1984 Hurricane Klaus
1980 Hurricanes
Federick & Allen (Category 1)
No deaths Disaster
August 29, 1979 Hurricane David (Category 4) Total devastation 43 deaths
60% homeless
May 29,1979 Change of Government / Insurrection Social Unrest 1 death Revolution
1977 Bagatelle Landslide Disaster
May 21, 1975 Morne Prosper Vehicular accident 28 deaths