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Remarks by Prime Minister Minnis: National Report on Hurricane Dorian Restoration Effort
Feb 12, 2020 - 10:01:45 AM

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The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis Prime Minister
National Report on Hurricane Dorian Restoration Effort
Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

Fellow Bahamians and Residents: Good Evening:

Tonight, in my first National Report, I wish to update the country, on the reconstruction program in Abaco and Grand Bahama, a little over five months, since Hurricane Dorian struck our second and third most populated islands and economic centers.

In due course, I will address the nation on the progress the country is making in a number of other areas, including job-creation, land reform, crime reduction strategies, the revitalization of Downtown Nassau, small business development, Family Island development, and other areas.

Fellow Bahamians and Residents:

Five months ago, Hurricane Dorian hit, causing destruction across Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Homes and businesses were destroyed. Lives were lost.

Our hearts and prayers, still go out to all who lost loved ones.

Dorian, was the strongest hurricane to hit The Bahamas.

Its gusts of 220 miles per hour, and surge of more than 20, feet wiped out generations worth of infrastructure, and progress, throughout Abaco, the Abaco Cays and Grand Bahama.

It is estimated that Dorian cost The Bahamas $3.4 billion dollars in losses and damage.

The task of restoration ahead of us, is awesome, and wide scale.

We have never before, suffered this scale of destruction in our history.

However, I have every confidence that the Bahamian people, are up to the challenge.

Bahamian labour and creativity, built this chain of islands, into the most dynamic tourism economy in the region.

What Dorian destroyed, we will build back better and more resilient ...

See attached FULL National Address on Hurricane Dorian Reconstruction

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