Local Experts on Standby for Deployment to Bahamas

by: - September 4, 2019
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Deputy Prime Minister Reginald Austrie

Dominica Water and Sewage Company (DOWASCO) and local electricity company, DOMLEC are preparing to travel to the Bahamas to lend their expertise in power and water restoration in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Honorable Deputy Prime Minister, Reginald Austrie says the two companies are on standby.

According to reports, the Abaco islands have been severely affected by category 5 Hurricane Dorian, leaving no access to communication services, electricity or fresh water.

Hon Austrie says, “DOWASCO has promised to mobilise six of their employees to the Bahamas to help with the immediate restoration of water supply and the commissioning of distribution lines. DOMLEC has been in communication with the Grand Bahama Power Company and is committed to deploying a team as and when it is required,” he said.

According to a release form the Government Information Service, 15 police officers headed by an Inspector of Police will join their counterparts forming a team from the Regional Security System (RSS). Further, eight fire officers and 20 health professionals will also be on the ground in the Bahamas. The Dominica Red Cross is on standby. The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce has committed support when the Rapid Needs Assessment Report becomes available.

Digicel is supporting Aliv in the Bahamas with free calls between the Turks &Caicos and the Bahamas. Digicel is also ready to supply a technical team to restore the network and to assists in distributing information on recovery efforts.