National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Captain Stephen Russell said yesterday the government has collected $9.02 million in cash donations following Hurricane Dorian.
“They come from a variety of sources, you know, countries and private citizens from around the world,” Russell told The Nassau Guardian.
He said some international non-governmental organizations had provided aid to affected areas in other ways that did not include financial donations.
“NGOs usually do their own things within the country,” Russell said.
“Those sorts of funding go to their efforts on that end.”
Dorian devastated parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama in September.
The Category 5 storm – the strongest on record to hit The Bahamas – impacted nearly 30,000 people and killed at least 70. Dorian resulted in roughly $3.4 billion in damage and additional costs.
In the immediate aftermath of the storm, foreign governments, companies, citizens, etc. pledged to contribute to recovery efforts in The Bahamas.
On October 22, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said the government had collected nearly $7.5 million in donations following Dorian.
“In this hurricane relief effort, there will be accountability,” Minnis said.
He added, “Mr. Speaker, be assured that this government will give updates on monies received so that individuals would not feel that we are misappropriating the funds.
“We will account and report to this Parliament as to every cent we receive and how every cent was spent.”
Minnis has said he does not want “no one to call me no thief” in relation to Dorian donations.