Hurricane Dorian Death Toll Rises to 7, Bahamas PM Says


Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis, says the death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen to seven.

He’s also warning residents of the battered islands of the Bahamas to brace for the death toll to increase.

Prime Minister Minnis was addressing a media conference last evening, after Dorian pounded sections of the Bahamas as a category five hurricane, leaving a trail of destruction. 

He says parts of Abaco and Marsh Harbour have been decimated. 

Prime Minister Minnis says a village known as the Mudd, has been completely destroyed. 

He says he’s received an outpouring of support from Bahamians at home and abroad, as well as other international stakeholders. 

Dr Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, speaking last evening during a media conference.

He says the United Nations Secretary-General responsible for Human Affairs, CARICOM’s Secretary-General, Chairman of Caricom, Allan Chastanet, and Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, are to visit the Bahamas this week to assist. 

The Bahamian Prime Minister says he’s to also speak with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau via phone this week. 

As of 4 this morning, Hurricane Dorian was located 90 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida.

It’s moving north-northwest at 8 miles per hour.

Maximum sustained winds are now 105 miles per hour, making Dorian a Category 2 hurricane.

Meanwhile, Dr. Minnis says he doesn’t believe the destruction Hurricane Dorian left in its wake won’t have a major impact on the nation’s economy. 

He says he’s expecting significant assistance from members of the international community. 

Dr Minnis is adamant that proper management of the recovery efforts would limit the impact that the passage of hurricane Dorian is likely to have on Bahamas’ budget. 

In response to a question from the media, the Bahamian Prime Minister said he did not receive a phone call from US President Donald Trump.

Dr Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas.

He was addressing a media conference yesterday.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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