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EVACUEES HOMELESS

The New Providence Community Center is still  accommodating  153 evacuees from the southern islands of the Bahamas as a result of hurricane Irma  and there is no telling what will happen to those whose homes are still in disrepair.

Leonardo Williams of Salina Point Acklins said he has learnt that he has nothing to return to.

“I just began to build my house before the storm and I lost everything. My car, building materials and shingles,” Williams said.

He added that no word has been given as yet as to what assistance he will receive, but whatever is offered he’ll be appreciative.

Assistant director in the disability affairs division of the ministry of social services Leonard Cargill said preparations are being made for some of the evacuees to return home,  however others are still left without an answer as to what will be done.

Cargill said he’s not certain as far as extended stay is concerned.

“I’d have to get word from NEMA and my acting director,  as I don’t know if they can stay here for long periods of time. I do know that the Kendal G.L. Issacs gym is available and the numbers there are pretty low,  so they can accommodate everyone,” Cargill said.

He added that the people left in Ragged Island, 18 of them will be coming to New Providence on the recommendation of the prime minister.

Akeisha Simms of  Mayaguana said she is in communications with persons from her island and has gotten word that no major damage was sustained to her property.

“I know they went to do some assessments and they are working on the water and light to make sure everything is running smoothly before we could come down. They were saying we’re leaving today,  but I’m not certain,” Simms said.

She said that police officers and the island administrator in Mayaguana keeps the line of communication open so that those evacuees at the shelter can be updated on what is transpiring back home.

The evacuees  will receive dinner compliments of BahaMar for the remainder of their stay.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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