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COOPER Calls for Help for Ragged Island

As restoration efforts get on the way in the aftermath of hurricane Irma, MP for Exuma and Ragged Island, Chester Cooper, is appealing to the public to help with rebuilding efforts.

In a statement  released yesterday,  Cooper said whilst Exuma received some roof  damage, Ragged Island sustained major devastation.

That island lost its school, teacher’s residence, clinic, administration building and 90 percent  of the residences received major damages (or complete loss).

Cooper began his formal damage assessment and relief efforts yesterday which included a plane load of food and water.

“No doubt the Government will also respond in kind as they will with the Southeast Bahamas, Bimini and Grand Bahama who also sustained damages.  I am however, mainly concerned about the rebuilding of roofs and homes in Ragged Island and  Exuma,” Cooper said.

He added that he is giving this aspect of the hurricane relief efforts immediate attention.

Cooper said he is appealing to the public to make donations to assist in any way possible.

He said that contributions can be made to the Bahamas Empowerment Fund and all building supplies will go directly to the vendor, as was done during hurricane Joaquin.

The MP  said he and his team will provide the highest levels of transparency and accountability for any funds or materials donated..

Assessments for the other southern island began yesterday as well.

It  is also  reported that 100 people remained in Acklins and are without water, or cell phone service.

Those in Crooked Island have had full restoration of electricity, water and cell phone service.

The  assessment team was lead by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis along with cabinet ministers and other governmental officials.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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