Woman lost four relatives in storm

HIGH ROCK, Grand Bahama – Theresia Pinder, 75, a resident of High Rock, said she lost four relatives during Hurricane Dorian – the worst storm to hit The Bahamas.

“The last conversation I had with my daughter was that day before the hurricane,” Pinder told The Nassau Guardian.

“I was getting ready to go to Freeport and we [held] hands and we prayed.

“I told her to come down with me, but she said, ‘No.’

“She said she was staying in her house. I told her if they [are] going to stay in her house to just be safe. That was the last conversation.”

Pinder said they decided to stay in a single-storey house that had been in the family for decades.

A restaurant and hotel in High Rock that was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in September.

“I wish they had just come with me,” she said.

“I keep wishing that they came with me. I keep wishing.”

As tears filled her eyes, Pinder whispered, “Lord, I wish they did because then they would still be here.”

Raphaela “Lavette” Munnings, 53; Shirlene Pinder-Cooper, 48; Donlock Munnings Jr. 29; and Omarion Munnings, 6, have been reported missing in the wake of Dorian.

Pinder confirmed all four as her relatives.

Despite the missing persons’ report, Pinder said she believes they are dead.

“I think they drowned,” she said while crying into the palms of her hands.

“I never did find them. Their house was little ways from the water.

“After the storm, I went up that morning to the house to look for them. I thought they were still in there. There was nothing to the house though. The house was gone.

“Everything was gone. It was just washed out. Everything came down.”

Pinder described the pain of losing her relatives as “very bad”.

“You can’t put words to that,” she said.

“You just can’t.”

The death toll so far is at least 61.

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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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