Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that there has been no report of deaths of Jamaicans, following Hurricane Dorian’s impact on The Bahamas.
While delivering a Statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 10), the Prime Minister reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been updated on the situation with Jamaicans in the most impacted areas 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,” the Prime Minister said.
The United Nations estimates that 76,000 people in Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands have been left homeless by the category five hurricane and require help.
Holness said Jamaica is assisting in the relief and reconstruction efforts, noting that the completed assessments indicate predominantly humanitarian needs, including safe drinking water, shelter and support for measures to restore power and access.
He disclosed that, based on the latest update from Bahamian authorities, the death toll from the hurricane has climbed to 50, with 42 from Abaco and eight from Grand Bahama.
Prime Minister Holness is to visit The Bahamas on Thursday.