Bahamas could take billions to recover

(Nassau Guardian) – It would take “hundreds of millions, if not billions” to fund the recovery and restoration of Abaco and Grand Bahama, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest, who said the government intends to make formal appeals for assistance.

Hurricane Dorian, which is the strongest storm to ever make landfall in the northern Bahamas, weaved a path of destruction through both islands over the last three days.

“We have had catastrophic damage to both the public and private infrastructure that will take hundreds of millions, if not billions to fund recovery and reconstruction,” Turnquest said.

“With approximately 70 percent of the homes under water, we anticipate tremendous social and economic dislocation and disruption in the short term.  The mental health of those who have endured this monster storm is a priority concern of the government.”

Hurricane Dorian continued its trek away the northern Bahamas today, after stalling over Grand Bahama for hours last night and this morning.

“At this time, all efforts are directed towards search and rescue for those who were stranded during the storm from storm surge and ensuring that those who have been displaced from their homes are attended to with shelter, food and water,” Turnquest said.

“Over the next few days once assessment are complete, we will make formal appeals for assistance for the recovery effort as we seek to get back to some sort of normalcy, as much as that is possible based upon what we have witnessed on island.”

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