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Darville: Govt botched response to Hurricane Dorian

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Senator Dr. Michael Darville yesterday accused the Minnis administration of botching its Hurricane Dorian response as he also threw his support behind a coroner’s inquest into the deaths related to the storm.

Darville made the comments in the Senate as he slammed the government over its response, which he said has resulted in the continued suffering of Abaconians and Grand Bahamians.

“Dr. [Duane] Sands laid the case out clearly downstairs about the government’s mismanagement of Hurricane Dorian, and he was right,” he said during his contribution to the 2020/2021 budget debate.

“He was right to call for a coroner’s inquest. And he is also right for an independent investigation, because the truth of the matter is you dropped the ball during the preparation for Hurricane Dorian.

“You dropped the ball during the restoration of Hurricane Dorian. And the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama need help and answers.”

During his budget contribution, former Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said thousands of names of people reported missing immediately after Dorian were removed from the official list after police took responsibility for that aspect of the storm’s aftermath, noting that no explanation was ever given for why the list was “pruned”.

He insisted the government must apologize for a myriad of mistakes that were made.

Darville said yesterday that the process is still being mismanaged.

“It baffles me…when a new minister, a highly paid managing director, a CEO, a chairman, a depot chairman and they’re bumping into one another,” he said.

“Just look at the state of Abaco and Grand Bahama. These two communities are in devastation and practically abandoned.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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