Breaking Jamaican News:
Following the Category 5 hurricane Dorian’s pounding of the Bahamas Islands the previously reported death toll of 5 had moved to 7 and is now 20. This latest figure of almost three times the last reported figure speaks volumes of the devastation of the archipelago which consists of many tiny islands.
One of the most populated areas is Abaco which was devastated by the 200 MPH plus winds. The houses there are designed to withstand 100 MPH winds according to PM Minnes speaking at a press Conference from the Bahamas monitored in Jamaica.
The Bahamas is home to an estimated 10,000 Jamaicans. They have interwoven well in the Bahamian society. The Foreign Affairs Ministry is actively seeking out the plight of Jamaicans with a view to offering assistance to them.
Jamaica Leads Rescue Mission
The Jamaican government is spearheading relief efforts to the Bahamas. Soldiers and other personnel are being sent to assist with rescue and reconstruction when the rescue phase has ended.
Aerial footage has painted a picture of devastation across the Islands of the Bahamas.
Our prayers are with the people of the Bahamas. We hope our Jamaican countrymen are as safe as they can be and did take the necessary precautions to evacuate as was advised.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie, SIC Vision Newspaper is a survivor of hurricane Gilbert which devastated Jamaica in 1988. My roof’s galvanize had to be replaced as a result of the heavy winds. That was only a category 3+. We had no reported loss of lives.
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