Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday the Disaster Reconstruction Authority has approved roughly 2,000 Grand Bahamians for home repairs in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
“We continue to invest in critical infrastructure to improve the lives of Grand Bahamians,” Minnis said during a press conference on Grand Bahama.
In June, the government awarded $4.5 million in contracts for “major reconstruction” of 15 schools on Grand Bahama, according to Minnis.
He also noted that $21 million was allocated for the phased redevelopment of the Rand Memorial Hospital, which was damaged when Dorian hit the island.
“Work is steadily progressing with demolition, new construction, additions, and renovations,” the prime minister said.
Grand Bahama and Abaco were ravaged by Dorian in September 2019.
The Category 5 storm destroyed thousands of homes across and displaced nearly 70,000.
It caused $3.4 billion in damage and losses.
“While we are making progress on Grand Bahama, there is still much to do,” Minnis said.
“COVID-19 may have delayed our ambitious and comprehensive plans for Grand Bahama but once we have beaten back this virus, our plans will come into full force.”
Grand Bahama was deemed a COVID-19 hotspot in July 2020, after a significant spike in cases.
As a result, the government was forced to provide additional assistance for residents on the island.
“The Grand Bahama Food Task Force through the Feed Grand Bahama program continues to assist those in need in the community,” Minnis said.
“I am advised that this program has distributed over 12,000 vouchers to thousands in need, totaling approximately $1 million.
“The Department of Social Services in Grand Bahama and the National Insurance Board in Grand Bahama have made significant payouts to residents affected by Hurricane Dorian and COVID-19.”