Opposition Leader Hon. V. Arden Mclean J.P. has issued the following statement on behalf of the Official Opposition:
The Opposition members have been following the progression of Hurricane Dorian across the Caribbean and, in particular, the devastation it has brought to the islands of the Bahamas. We are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of the Bahamian people and remain hopeful that while they have suffered terrible losses to their homes and businesses, that the loss of life and injuries will be less significant. Sadly however, reports coming to us indicate that there are a number of fatalities and injuries.
This hurricane serves as a sobering reminder of our own experiences with Hurricane Ivan, and we know first-hand just how emotionally and physically damaging a storm of this magnitude can be.
I have already asked the Hon. Premier to keep me appraised of what initiatives the Government is taking to assist the Bahamas. Most certainly there is a need to help, and as soon as is practically possible we should mobilise our resources and offer that assistance. The Premier has my support in this regard.
I have asked members of the Opposition to be prepared to assist in the local relief efforts, and we will coordinate with the Government and our constituents to ensure that this happens as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Bahamian people as the recovery process begins.