On the advice of the Disaster Management Coordinator government is to evacuate all residents of Petite Savanne, a Government press statement said.

Petite Savanne is one of the areas severely affected by Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday last week.

The area was declared a special disaster area.

More than a dozen persons lost their lives in this south-eastern village and more are missing.

"Residents of Petite Savanne are therefore asked to gather at the area of the Roman Catholic Church and Morne Towpis to facilitate transfer," the release stated. "Priority consideration will be given to children, elderly and the physically challenged".

The statement added: "Family members in Roseau and environs are asked to receive evacuated residents at the Dominica Grammar School Residents with no family accommodation will be provided for them at the Dominica Grammar School.

"Family members in Roseau and environs are also asked to contact the Emergency Operations Office at Tel: 767-266-3148/3221 for further information. Government continues to ensure that the welfare of citizens of all affected communities is safeguarded.

"Let us continue to pray for protection and quick recovery".