Ya son siete las personas muertas en Bahamas tras el paso del huracán Dorian

Balance provisorio del huracán Dorian en Bahamas sube a 7 muertos

El huracán Dorian dejó siete muertos a su paso por las Bahamas, según el último balance comunicado este martes por el primer ministro del archipiélago del Caribe, Hubert Minnis.

“Podemos anticipar que habrá más fallecidos”, declaró Minnis en una rueda de prensa. El anterior balance contabilizaba a cinco víctimas mortales.

El huracán Dorian, que se dirige lentamente hacia la costa sureste de Estados Unidos, se debilitó a categoría 2 el martes, según el último boletín del Centro Nacional de Huracanes estadounidense (NHC).

Dorian, que golpeó las Bahamas el domingo como una tormenta de categoría 5 – la máxima escala – perdió fuerza, aunque sigue representando una peligrosa amenaza al avanzar hacia Florida a 3,2 km por hora con vientos de hasta 175 km por hora.

Tras su paso por las Bahamas, se espera que se acerque a la costa este de Florida entre el martes por la noche y el miércoles por la mañana, antes de seguir rumbo a Georgia y Carolina del Sur, indicaron los servicios meteorológicos.

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PM: Let’s show Bahamas our generosity and compassion

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has ap­pealed to “all cit­i­zens who are able and will­ing,” to demon­strate Trinidad and To­ba­go’s “usu­al gen­eros­i­ty and com­pas­sion to the peo­ple of the Ba­hamas.”

The prime min­is­ter made the call in a state­ment is­sued yeste­day evening.

He urged cit­i­zens to come to the aid of the peo­ple of the Ba­hamas who have been dev­as­tat­ed by Hur­ri­cane Do­ri­an.

Do­ri­an con­tin­ues to af­fect the Ba­hamas al­though it has been down­grad­ed to a Cat­e­go­ry Two hur­ri­cane.

The im­pact to Grand Ba­hama is still ex­pect­ed over the course of the next 24 hours.

Sev­en peo­ple are con­firmed dead on Aba­cos Is­lands.

The prime min­is­ter’s state­ment came as the Caribbean Dis­as­ter Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (CDE­MA), the re­gion­al in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal agency for dis­as­ter man­age­ment for CARI­COM, con­tin­ues to sup­port the Ba­hamas na­tion­al re­sponse.

“The Gov­ern­ment of the Re­pub­lic of Trinidad and To­ba­go ex­pects that it will know the full ef­fects of the hur­ri­cane and the fo­cused re­sponse of the peo­ple of Trinidad and To­ba­go by the time the Cab­i­net meets on Thurs­day,” Dr Row­ley added.

Sev­er­al groups in Trinidad and To­ba­go have tak­en steps to en­cour­age vol­un­teers to come for­ward with aid.

How­ev­er, due to the lack of ac­ces­si­bil­i­ty, many of them have on­ly sought mon­e­tary con­tri­bu­tions at this time.

The Red Cross ex­plained out­right they would not be send­ing vol­un­teers or phys­i­cal items to the Ba­hamas while the Sal­va­tion Army ex­plained that while the Sal­va­tion Army Nas­sau had been prepar­ing to lend aid, they were not able to send vol­un­teers at least for one week.

Chris Matthias, Di­vi­sion­al Sec­re­tary of the Sal­va­tion Army called on per­sons will­ing to send aid to de­posit do­na­tions in­to Sal­va­tion Army ac­counts at Re­pub­lic Bank and First Cit­i­zens Bank as they seek to ob­tain items to send to the Ba­hamas.

Matthias not­ed it may be at least a week be­fore vol­un­teers get to the most af­fect­ed is­lands, due to flood­ing at the air­ports there.

The Red Cross sim­i­lar­ly asked good samar­i­tans to make de­posits in a bank ac­count for the re­lief ef­forts.

Lo­cal NGO ‘Is There Not A Cause’ has al­so start­ed a Go­fundme page to raise funds for re­lief items.

Both the Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment and the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress how­ev­er, have sent out re­quests for do­na­tions of phys­i­cal items such as canned food items, bot­tled wa­ter, med­ical sup­plies, toi­letries, san­i­tary nap­kins, di­a­pers and ba­by sup­plies.

They have asked that these items be dropped off at var­i­ous con­stituen­cy of­fices across the coun­try.

The Trinidad and To­ba­go Man­u­fac­tur­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has al­so called for a do­na­tion dri­ve in the wake of Do­ri­an’s de­struc­tion, ask­ing vol­un­teers to drop off items at their Barataria of­fice.

Ba­hami­an Prime Min­is­ter Hu­bert Min­nis took to the skies yes­ter­day to view the vast de­struc­tion caused by the hur­ri­cane, which was down­grad­ed to Cat­e­go­ry Two by yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter mak­ing land­fall at Aba­co as a pow­er­ful Cat­e­go­ry Five hur­ri­cane on Sun­day.

It dev­as­tat­ed the is­land of Grand Ba­hama while sit­ting over the is­land for over a day.

Min­nis ad­dressed the na­tion, which re­mains large­ly with­out elec­tric­i­ty and lim­it­ed telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vice, at 8 pm.

He said parts of Aba­co are dec­i­mat­ed.

He added that the coun­try can ex­pect more deaths to be record­ed and asked for prayer for the fam­i­lies of those who lost their lives.

The prime min­is­ter al­so urged cit­i­zens not to make the grief worse for fam­i­lies by spread­ing pic­tures of those who died.

Ear­li­er in the day, the Roy­al Ba­hamas De­fense Force con­tin­ued its search and res­cue ef­forts in Aba­co and Grand Ba­hama, where flood­ing re­mained a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge.

“Right now we’re go­ing to con­tin­ue with our search and res­cue ef­forts. We would have been told yes­ter­day that we took about 21 per­sons out of Aba­co with the as­sis­tance of the US Coast Guard,” said Lieu­tenant Com­man­der So­nia Miller of the RBDF.

“As these HE­LOs bring in­jured per­sons out of Aba­co, we’re go­ing to in­ject de­fense force Marines on the re­turn flight to Aba­co so we can in­crease our man­pow­er on that is­land.”

Ac­cord­ing to ini­tial Unit­ed Na­tions fig­ures, over 60,000 per­sons were in need of food and wa­ter fol­low­ing Do­ri­an’s dev­as­ta­tion.

Two Rapid Needs teams from CARPHA com­pris­ing 18 per­sons have been mo­bilised as well to help while the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies have said they will work with Caribbean Dis­as­ter Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency to pro­vide aid.

The Caribbean na­tion is still be­ing af­fect­ed by the out­er bands of the hur­ri­cane, as it moved north along the South West coast of the Unit­ed States.

Up to yes­ter­day evening, all of the coun­ties in Flori­da State re­mained un­der a state of emer­gency, al­though trop­i­cal storm watch was lift­ed for Broward Coun­ty and Palm Beach coun­ty.

The Fort Laud­erdale Air­port air­port was re­opened.

How­ev­er the states of Geor­gia and South Car­oli­na were put on alert as Do­ri­an con­tin­ued to move north.

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