PLP On Hurricane Joaquin’s Impact On Bahamas

October 7, 2015

Commenting on the devastation caused by Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, Shadow National Security Minister Walter Roban called on the Bermuda Government to offer support in whatever way is needed to assist in recovery efforts, saying “we were very fortunate to be spared this destruction in Bermuda, and we should assist other countries who were not as fortunate.”

Mr Roban said, “The Progressive Labour Party, upon hearing of the devastation to the Southern islands of the Bahamas, calls on the Bermuda Government to offer support in whatever way is needed to assist in recovery efforts.

“While there was no loss of life, there have been whole villages flattened, leaving many with only the clothes on their back. We were very fortunate to be spared this destruction in Bermuda, and we should assist other countries who were not as fortunate.”

News report courtesy of ZNS Bahamas media:

A statement from the government on October 2nd said, “As a measure of care and concern for the Bahamian people, Premier Dunkley reached out to the Prime Minister of Bahamas the Hon. Perry Christie to offer well wishes and assistance on behalf of Bermuda.”

According to a story on Weather.com says, “several islands are, in the words of one journalist, ‘completely obliterated,’ and officials are still working to get aid to the most remote areas.”

“A shortage of clean drinking water across the southern Bahamian islands has created a critical need for more supply runs in the coming days. The Coast Guard is working alongside South Florida company Tropic Ocean Airways to load seaplanes with the supplies due to the major damage at San Salvador airport near Cat Island in the central Bahamas.

“The situation is devastation, devastation, devastation,” Rev. Keith Cartwright of the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands told the Miami Herald.

“Bahamas’ Prime Minister Perry Christie told the Tribune that the effort to clean up the islands hit hardest by Joaquin would be a long process. Citizens have criticized the slow response to assist victims in the hardest-hit areas, and Christie said in a news conference that he would appeal to the U.S. to supply helicopters so they can reach islands where the airports have been destroyed.”

“Between the various agencies of the government, NEMA, assistance we are receiving, we are relatively comfortable with where we are in terms of being able to put in place the basis of a massive effort of restoration,” Christie said. “We do not know and have not assessed the extent of personal loss of homes.”

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  1. Yahoo says:

    Nice try Bud. Dunkley contacted them 5 days ago and offered support.

    How about instead of calling on someone else to do something, the PLP provide supplies to the Bahamas? I’m sure every PLP MP would be happy to donate $500 to the cause… put up or…

  2. hmmm says:

    Perhaps if the PLP hadn’t spent all the money and put us deep in a hole, we could offer some financial assistance.

    • mixitup says:

      *yawn* this is really getting old. Can the Royal Regiment not go over to assist? Can the Gov’t not be creative and lead a drive for cash, for goods? Now if the PLP started this drive then you would say they are up-standing the Gov’t won’t you. People like you are to be ignored.

      • Cow Polly says:

        Actually I think that’s a splendid idea, the PLP should start a drive to assist the Bahamas and leave the OBA to manage the affairs of Bermuda…….. oh but Premier Dunkley already offered the Bahamas assistance 5 days ago.