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Dominica Among First to Respond to Diaster-striken Bahamas

by: - September 4, 2019
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A hundred thousand dollars (US $100,000) is part of Dominica’s initial aid package towards what will no doubt be a mammoth recovery project for the Bahamas.

The islands were battered by category 5 Hurricane Dorian for around 36 hours.

Cabinet met early Monday morning and the Hon Acting Prime Minister, Reginald Austrie issued a statement describing the scene in Bahamas as “catastrophic”.

He added that local arrangements will be made for Bahamian students whose education have been interrupted.

Hon Austrie says although the Bahamas was among the first countries to support Dominica after Hurricane Maria, this response is not about reciprocity but is simply the humanitarian thing to do.

Meantime, Dominicans willing to contribute to the cause in hurricane-affected Bahamas now have a government-endorsed way to do so.

Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Reginald Austrie, made the announcement on Monday following a second meeting of Cabinet on the subject.

“We believe cash contributions will be of more benefit to the people of the Bahamas now than any other form of contribution and so we have established this account [NBD] #115004385 where monies can be deposited and made available to the people of the Bahamas as soon as possible,” he said.