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Government releases statement on Hurricane Dorian

The government of The Bahamas has released a statement in the wake of the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The government of The Bahamas has released a statement in the wake of the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands.

Read the full statement here:

The Government of The Bahamas has committed its full attention to dealing with the catastrophic consequences of Hurricane Dorian. Cabinet, as a full body, has met three times since Hurricane Dorian began its assault on Abaco three days ago, and a Cabinet Committee of relevant Ministers has met with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) every day since then.

Today the Cabinet met at 10:00am, its regular time, and will now meet again at 6:00pm.

NEMA, empowered by the Disaster Preparedness and Response Act 2008 (which was amended in 2017) has been strengthened by a task force of senior public servants experienced in dealing with the recovery and reconstruction effort following hurricanes. Logistical support from the international community has been received and will be accessed when appropriate.

As soon as NEMA gives the “all clear” signal, food, water and clothing will be provided for the people of Abaco and the Cays. The safety and security of the residents are also being addressed.

The Cabinet Office reminds that Grand Bahama is still enduring the effects of Hurricane Dorian, which pummelled the island for more than 24 hours. Planning is underway and well-resourced rescue teams are waiting for safe conditions to carry food, water and necessary health supplies to residents there.

The Government of The Bahamas is committed to the preservation of life and to the prevention of the breakdown of society in Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Cabinet will receive daily briefings from NEMA and will meet every day to provide leadership and resources as needs unfold during this unprecedented crisis.

The Prime Minister extends his heartfelt sympathy and that of the nation to the families who have lost loved ones in this hurricane. He empathizes with persons who are, at this time, still stranded in Grand Bahama and assures them that rescue operations will be underway as soon as the safety of rescue teams is not compromised.

The Cabinet Office asks that all in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas keep the people of Abaco and its Cays, Grand Bahama, Sweetings Cay, Deep Water Cay and Water Cay in their prayers.

Although Grand Bahama and Abaco bore the brunt of Hurricane Dorian, heavy rain and high tidal swells also hit New Providence. See pictures of the aftermath here.

The Central Bank of The Bahamas has said that although medium-term prospects for The Bahamas are still positive, the unprecedented devastation caused by hurricane Dorian and the disruption in travel itineraries to many airports will negatively impact the economy in the short-term.

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