Caricom leaders in Bahamas for Dorian recovery talks

Two CARI­COM lead­ers touched down in the Ba­hamas Thurs­day morn­ing to hold talks with Ba­hami­an Prime Min­is­ter Dr Hu­bert Min­nis about re­lief ef­forts fol­low­ing the de­struc­tion left be­hind Hur­ri­cane Do­ri­an on the is­land be­tween Sun­day and Tues­day this week.

Bar­ba­dos Prime Min­is­ter Mia Mot­t­ley and St Lu­cian Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet ar­rived at the Lyn­den Pin­dling In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port in Nas­sau short­ly be­fore 9 am.


Ac­cord­ing to Mot­t­ley's Face­book page, they were greet­ed by sev­er­al Ba­hami­an gov­ern­ment min­is­ters, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter of Tourism Dion­sio D'Ag­u­liar, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Jef­fery Lloyd and Min­is­ter of Trans­port Ren­wood Wills among oth­er dig­ni­taries.

Both prime min­is­ters were ac­com­pa­nied by CARI­COM Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al Ir­win La Roque and were lat­er whisked away for a closed-door meet­ing with Min­nis at the Na­tion­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NE­MA) of­fice.

In a Face­book post, Mot­t­ley in­di­cat­ed that the meet­ing, which al­so in­clud­ed mem­bers of NE­MA, was to al­low the oth­er re­gion­al lead­ers to re­ceive a "very thor­ough brief­ing of the sit­u­a­tion at hand, in­clud­ing re­ports from the Min­istry of Works, Di­rec­tor of En­vi­ron­men­tal Health, Min­istry of Pub­lic Health, Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice, the Ba­hamas De­fence Force and De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices."

Do­ri­an, la­belled a Cat­e­go­ry Five hur­ri­cane when it neared the Ba­hamas, ripped through the Aba­co Is­lands and is­land of Grand Ba­hama, leav­ing a trail of de­struc­tion be­hind.

At least 20 peo­ple have since been de­clared dead, scores re­port­ed miss­ing and thou­sands have been left strand­ed on the is­lands as res­cue ef­forts con­tin­ue. Help has come from the US mil­i­tary and oth­er agen­cies who have been as­sist­ing in res­cu­ing peo­ple trapped by flood­wa­ters.

- by Mark Bassant