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Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahamas, Darren Henfield in a distressing video said there has been catastrophic damage and unconfirmed reports of deaths in Abaco, Bahamas, following the passage of Hurricane Dorian, the Guardian has been reported.

The Guardian earlier reported that seven-pear-old Lachino Mcintosh drowned near his family’s home in Abaco.

Reports also state that about 13,000 houses have been severely damaged or destroyed in Bahamas.

 “From all accounts we have received catastrophic damage along the front strip from Marsh Harbour … We have been informed that Coopers Town was holding quite well,”Henfield said. “We have reports of casualties. We have reports of bodies being seen. We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and have a look for ourselves.”

He warn residents that it is not safe to go out doors. He said power lines are down, lampposts are down, trees are across the street.

“It is very dangerous to be outdoors if you don’t have to be. As soon as the weather permits,” he warns.

Henfield added, “We are holding strong we are asking you to continue to prayer for us.”

The Guardian reported further that Gertha Joseph, 35, a resident of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, stood at the top of a concrete staircase on Sunday and watched in horror as Hurricane Dorian tore through Abaco.

She held her four-month-old son as she frantically pleaded for help.

In a plea for her life, Joseph shrieked, “Please, pray for us. Pray for Abaco. I’m begging you.”

Her pain-struck voice cried, “My baby’s only four months old.”

The scene was as grim as the rest of the island.

Cars were submerged and water was nearly roof-level in the distance.

Roof shingles, loose wood and other pieces of debris moved with the violent rhythm of Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds exceeding 180 miles per hour (mph).

Meantime, Eyewitness News in the Bahamas spoke to Ingrid McIntosh who said she had learned her eight-year-old grandson had died, likely drowned. She added that her granddaughter was missing. Both children were in the Abaco Islands.

Numerous casualties have been reported on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

“From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage” to Abaco, according to Darren Henfield, Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs. “We have reports of casualties. We have reports of bodies being seen. We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and see for ourselves.”

First responders are traveling to Abaco, where citizens have been told to remain indoors due to downed lamp posts, trees and power lines.

“It is very dangerous to be outdoors if you don’t have to be outdoors,” Henfield said. “We’re holding strong… We’re just asking you to continue to pray for us.”





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Preliminary report of OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Dominica for December 6 general elections

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Preliminary report of OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Dominica for December 6 general electionsThe Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) present in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the General Elections of December 6 congratulates the people of Dominica on their peaceful and enthusiastic participation in yesterday’s electoral process.

Led by the former Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham, the Mission comprised 20 experts and observers from 14 countries, who deployed throughout the 21 constituencies of Dominica to observe the poll. The Mission conducted a substantive analysis of key aspects of the electoral process, including electoral organization and technology, the voters’ list, electoral justice, campaign financing and the political participation of women.

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PRESS RELEASE: Dominica: Commonwealth Observer Group says elections ‘reflected will of people’

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PRESS RELEASE: Dominica: Commonwealth Observer Group says elections ‘reflected will of people’An independent Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) deployed in Dominica, has delivered its interim statement on the 2019 Dominica General Elections, stating the election results ‘reflect the collective will of the people who voted.’ Despite tensions leading up to Election Day, voters turned out…

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OECS statement on the re-election of the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica

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OECS statement on the re-election of the government of the Commonwealth of DominicaThe Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission congratulates Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) on a successful election victory and return to Government. Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules, commended the people of the…

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