No reports of Jamaican deaths in Bahamas

September 11, 2019
A helicopter flies over the village of High Rock, Grand Bahama, yesterday after delivering emergency supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
A helicopter flies over the village of High Rock, Grand Bahama, yesterday after delivering emergency supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says there has been no report of deaths of Jamaicans, following the passage of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas.

"The latest information is that 31 Jamaicans have requested evacuation from the Great Abaco Islands. Of that number, we can confirm that 21 have now been evacuated and are being housed by the Honorary Consul," Holness said in Parliament yesterday.

He said Jamaica is assisting in the relief and reconstruction efforts, noting that assessments done, to date indicate predominantly humanitarian needs, including safe drinking water, shelter and support for measures to restore power and access.

Support service

Holness noted that the Red Cross is providing the support services to deal with those who have experienced trauma.

A contingent of 120 soldiers departed the island on September 7 to provide recovery and humanitarian support to The Bahamas.

They were accompanied by 11 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, which provided airlift support.

Holness noted that the soldiers will assist the government of The Bahamas with various initiatives including temporary accommodations (tents), the establishment of relief distribution areas, and the re-establishment of power supply.

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