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Hurricane Dorian devastates The Bahamas

A volunteer stands in a road that was flooded by Hurricane Dorian as residents work to rescue each other in small boats near the Causarina bridge in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The storm’s punishing winds and muddy brown floodwaters devastated thousands of homes, crippled hospitals and trapped people in attics.
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Consul General of the Bahamas in New York, Lawrence “Larry” Cartwright has confirmed as of press time that two citizens have succumbed to their injuries and seven are seeking medical attention, as a result of Hurricane Dorian, which swept through the tourist destination and left destruction in its path.

During an exclusive interview with Caribbean Life on Tuesday, Sept. 4, Cartwright thanked this newspaper for its concern, and stated that the consulate continues to receive updated information as it becomes available, but confirmed that of today, only seven persons were seriously injured by Hurricane Dorian before it left the island last night at approximately 10 pm local time.

Cartwright noted that there could be more victims, but that could not be confirmed until updated information comes from the island, as the government continues its search and rescue efforts to ensure persons are accounted for.

The diplomat, who spoke with this reporter from his 46th Street New York City office, said that Hurricane Dorian has devastated Grand Bahamas and other parts of the territory, but the effects of the hurricane has diminished and the island has been given an all-clear of the tropical cyclone that has left the island.

He said the media will be updated as soon as more news become available, noting that the consulate cannot give an accurate account at this moment since reports continue to come in.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA.org) which has now confirmed that 25 persons evacuated from Great Abaco to New Providence, called Hurricane Dorian that battered The Bahamas with high winds and rain for more than two days, catastrophic. Fifty children were evacuated from a children’s home in impacted areas in Grand Bahamas, and 449 persons recorded in nine shelters in Great Abaco.

Additionally, 346 persons in 17 shelters in Grand Bahama, as parts of Abaco have been decimated by severe flooding. Damage to infrastructure and buildings in southern Abaco suffered less devastation than in the north.

Bahamas Consulates across America are now accepting donations to aid hurricane victims on the island.

New York Consulate, located at 231 East 46th. Street New York New York 10017, Phone: 212-421-6420, will be accepting donations.

Bahamas Washington D C. - 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW Suite 20005, Phone: (202-734-6578, Atlanta Consulate - Park Central Building 2970 Clairmont Rd. NE Suite, 690, Phone: 404- 214-0492 and the Bahamas Miami office, 100 N Biscayne Blvd. Suite #900 Miami FL. 33131 Phone: 305-373-6295.

Posted 6:00 am, September 5, 2019
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