PM back on the ground on Abaco

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that land had already been cleared to make way for temporary housing on Abaco.

“This morning I visited the site of the Family Relief Centre that will temporarily house residents returning to Abaco to rebuild homes and businesses,” Minnis posted on Twitter.

“Land has been cleared and infrastructure is being installed for 250 domes that can hold four to five people.”

Earlier this month, the prime minister said the temporary housing is expected to cost about $6.4 million.

He has said the domes will be in place for at least three years.

Land in Abaco has been cleared of debris.

In a release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) yesterday, Minnis said, “The removal of debris is part of the first phase of the reconstruction effort. Once the debris has been cleared the rebuilding process can begin.”

Hurricane Dorian leveled parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama after it made landfall as the strongest storm on record to ever make landfall in the region.

With sustained winds up to 185 miles per hour and gusts over 220 miles per hour, as well as storm surges in excess of 20 feet, Dorian left thousands homeless.

Marsh Harbour, Abaco’s capital and center of commerce, was decimated.

In the immediate aftermath of Dorian, hundreds of storm survivors were in shelters on New Providence.

Thousands of others remain scattered across and outside of the country.

Many survivors who have spoken with The Nassau Guardian have expressed their desire to return home, even if it will be to live in temporary housing.

The OPM said the prime minister also met with members of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce over the weekend “to discuss how the business community can assist in rebuilding the island.”

“We are making progress, but we have a mammoth task ahead of us,” the prime minister said.

“It will take time to rebuild but we will rebuild better and stronger than before.”

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Jasper Ward

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

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