NASSAU, The Bahamas, Dec 5, CMC – The 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) has begun here with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noting that small-island developing states in the region are at great risk of climate change.
The conference, which ends on Saturday, is being held under the theme ‘CDM: The Road to Resilience Check Point 2017 – Building Resilience through Partnerships’.
It is taking place as the region continues the rebuilding efforts following the end of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season that saw two category five storms – Irma and Maria – cause widespread destruction and death across the Lesser Antilles as well as the Bahamas.
Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin islands were among the islands hard4est hit after the hurricanes pounded the region with winds in excess of 200 miles per hour.
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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) teams and disaster response mechanisms were mobilised and activated in response to the hurricanes that swept through the Region recently.
A letter issued by the Secretariat to the Stabroek News in response to an editorial published on 25 September, 2017, detailed the “the excellent work” carried out by CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency CDEMA, other regional institutions and the international partners “in the face of dangerous and difficult conditions as they confront an unprecedented multi-country catastrophe.”
The letter pointed to the Community’s action before and after the storms hit.
“The Caribbean Community through its various agencies, led by CDEMA, has been the first responders on the ground assessing, rendering relief, evacuating the ill and infirm and performing the tasks associated with post Hurricane efforts,” the letter pointed out.
NASSAU, The Bahamas, Guardian – As he laid out a part of the government’s plan to assist Dominican children and their families today, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis choked back tears as he recounted the devastation that Hurricane Maria unleashed on the small island nation and expressed shame at the vitriolic response of some Bahamians to his pledge to assist Dominican students.
“My government proposes to temporarily relax the immigration laws for a number of school children from Dominica who wish to continue their education in The Bahamas,” said Minnis while addressing the House of Assembly.
“Permits to reside will be issued to students from Dominica who, with the approval of parents, wish to study in The Bahamas.
“There are three categories of students who may apply.
“One, children who have relatives in The Bahamas and who can find lodging and support from their family members.
“Two, college students who may wish to study at The University of The Bahamas and seek boarding at The University of The Bahamas.
“Three, children of parents employed in companies, banks, etc., which have offices in The Bahamas. Temporary employment transfers can be arranged with these institutions.”
Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, is urging Bahamians to remain vigilant, to be prepared, and to monitor the track of Hurricane Maria.
In the face of a “very active hurricane season” that has spawned major storms, including Hurricane Maria which severely damaged the island of Dominica, the Prime Minister made the call in an address to the nation on Tuesday. He said Hurricane Maria is forecast to pass to the east of south-east Bahamas on Friday morning as a major Category 3 or 4.
Listen to the Prime Minister Statement on Hurricane Maria:
Nassau, The Bahamas – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis has challenged Bahamians and persons residing in The Bahamas to take the threat of Hurricane Irma “very seriously.”
“Life is precious. We must make every effort to preserve and protect life, including the elderly, the indigent and other vulnerable individuals,” Prime Minister Minnis said.
“The threat of Irma must be taken seriously. While property must be secured, material possessions can be replaced. The priority is to take precautions to save lives and minimize the risk of harm and injury.”
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