US Coast Guard Vice Adm Scott Buschman (L) and Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis (C) prepare to go on a reconnaissance flight to Abaco Island – Photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has stated that a national day of mourning must be held in order to properly mourn those who lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Dorian.

The Prime Minister made the announcement at a news conference during a recent visit to Grand Bahama, as relief emergency relief efforts continue in the wake of the Category 5 hurricane that lashed Abaco and Grand Bahama on September 1.

“I will be making a National Address, during which time I will ask for a National Day of mourning and for flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of those individuals who have died during this devastation,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

“I want to extend condolences to those individuals who have lost loved ones.”

He also noted that no one could have predicted the catastrophic damage left by Hurricane Dorian.

“But what I can say is that the entire international community is with us,” he said.

“They have been assisting us from day one. They have made commitments that they will assist us in rebuilding our country.”

Both the United States and the entire CARICOM community have offered assistance in the form of monetary assistance, man-power and advice, he added.

Details on the hurricane relief efforts by various agencies in the ongoing restoration process were also announced at the briefing.

“I want to thank you all for the excellent work that you’re doing, because without your support, confidence and ability in the aftermath of this terrible event, the death toll could have been much higher,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

He was accompanied by the Minister of Health,Dr Duane Sands; Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd; Minister of Transport,  Renward Wells and Minister of Labour, Dion Foulkes.

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister said that the death toll “is expected to significantly increase” as search-and=rescue teams continue to comb through debris.

At least 2,500 were registered as missing, officials are now crossing checking lists with rescue shelters and other agencies,.

  • Feature Photo:A devastated house is seen after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Treasure Cay, Bahamas, September 7, 2019. (REUTERS/Marco Bello)