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PM: Tent cities to be ready in weeks

Dozens of tents, donated from Rotary Canada and DisasterAid Canada, are currently being erected by volunteers from various New Providence Rotary clubs, members of the Governor General’s Youth Award program, and the Scout Association of The Bahamas. Thirty tents are expected to be initially constructed and will aid in housing families and evacuees from Abaco and Grand Bahama who were displaced due to the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. Photos: AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

The tent cities on Abaco and Grand Bahama intended to house those displaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian should be ready in about a month, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

“I’ve been informed that they should be completed in three to four weeks; that individuals would be returned to their respective land,” Dr. Minnis said at a press conference.

Asked how the tents would work with respect to the ongoing hurricane season, the prime minister said, “Pray to God.”

He said the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction will oversee the establishment of the tent cities.

It is unclear exactly where the tent cities will be located and how many people they will be able to accommodate.

Last week, Minnis said the tents will include basic facilities.

Shower facilities available to users of the tents.

“We must also have what you call a tent city. It’s not like the standard tent that you would be familiar with, but a tent city would have bathroom facilities,” he said at the time. 

“Each unit would have two-bedroom facilities and you have recreational facilities. You have facilities for police and you have dining facilities and cafeteria facilities; so it’s really a city.”

Hundreds remain in shelters on New Providence. 

More than 1,300 people remain missing in the aftermath of the storm.

The death toll stands at at least 53.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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