More funds for Hurricane Dorian victims

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Monetary donations continue to pour in for victims of Hurricane Dorian living in the Bahamas.

Today, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) received a cheque valued $302,000 from the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC).

GPOC’s PRO, Thalissa McClure hands over the cheque to CDC’s DC Lt Col. Kester Craig.

GPOC’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Thalissa McClure handed over the cheque to the Director-General (DG) of the Civil Defence Commission, Lt. Col. Kester Craig. The PRO said the money was accumulated through donations made by individual employees as well as the corporation.

DG Craig said the CDC is still in contact with the government of Bahamas, monitoring the early recovery efforts. He said all the donations made so far by individuals, government and non-governmental agencies and telethons will be sent to the country.

“They will need to ensure that persons who are in shelters are fed and clothed and if they have health issues that they are taken care of,” he told the Department of Public Information (DPI) today.

Funds will also be used to aid in the reconstruction of homes and other infrastructure in the affected areas.

The CDC has received monies from several agencies including the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) Republic Bank, GBTI, Citizens Bank, the Demerara Harbour Bridge, Chungs Global, and several other individuals. The money will be consolidated and transferred to the Bahamian government to support its response efforts.

On September 1, the eye of Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Abaco Islands with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h), making it the strongest hurricane on record to affect the northwestern Bahamas. It killed at least 43 people in the country – 35 on Abaco and eight on Grand Bahamas.