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ANXIETY AND FEAR continue to mount as people await word on family and friends in hurricane-ravaged Dominica where seven are confirmed dead.

And Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ support to the Caribbean neighbour which was dealt a devastating blow by Hurricane Maria, while struggling to get back on its feet from a storm two years ago.

An online appeal was launched to locate couple Marc Laurent and Esther James, both 29, who were last heard from on Monday evening. A picture of the pair has been reposted numerous times, with superstar Rihanna joining the effort.

Meanwhile, Sharece Thornhill is worried sick because she has not heard from boyfriend Kyle Mayers since early Tuesday morning. The Barbados and Windward Islands cricketer was taking refuge under the bed as the hurricane passed.

A NATION team on the ground in Dominica has also been unable to communicate with the office. Journalists scheduled to leave the island yesterday on the Coast Guard vessel HMBS Rudyard Lewis could not do so, as they had to be left behind in order to accommodate more emergency supplies and medical personnel.

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