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PM to give national address on Abaco, GB

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will give an update on Abaco and Grand Bahama’s reconstruction more than five months following Hurricane Dorian during his first national report for the year, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) announced yesterday.

The report will cover issues such as social assistance, electricity service, home and school repair, small business assistance and debris removal programs on the affected islands.

Dorian struck Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September, impacting nearly 30,000 people and killing at least 70.

The Category 5 storm — the strongest on record to hit The Bahamas — caused roughly $3.4 billion in damage and other costs.

In the immediate aftermath of Dorian, Minnis announced that the two islands would become special economic recovery zones, meaning residents on the islands would receive tax concessions. The government has offered grants to assist small businesses affected by the storm.

According to the Disaster Reconstruction Authority, the government will launch its home repair program on Grand Bahama today and on Abaco on February 17.

The program will offer residents vouchers to assist with the repair of homes damaged by Dorian.

Minnis’ national report will air on ZNS TV and radio, as well as other local broadcast stations, on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

It can also be viewed on the Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook and Twitter pages and YouTube channel.

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