#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Nassau – Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Captain Stephen Russell said there would be a flight today, September 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to Salina Point, Acklins. This flight would take men from the local community to help with necessary clean-ups on the island of Acklins.
Prime Minister Dr. The Rt. Hon. Hubert Minnis urged the remaining 20 residents on his visit to Ragged Island yesterday to evacuate as health conditions were deemed unfavorable. A flight will be sent for the Ragged Island residents tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13, to bring them to New Providence.
Ragged Island will receive heavy-duty tarps to help to preserve what is left of standing structures and to salvage any remaining valuables. The Caribbean Development Bank has given $200,000 to aid in these recoveries.
Also, teams from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) have offered assistance in heeding NEMA’s requests for additional heavy-duty tarps, water containers, blankets, and other essentials. NEMA will also receive assistance from the Chinese Embassy and US Northern Command.
Story by: Sydnei Isaacs
Press Release: BIS