Published On: Wed, Oct 12th, 2016

Grand Bahama in crisis

post_matthew8gbNASSAU - Some residents of Grand Bahama are describing conditions as hell on Earth in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The description was used by Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Emerick Seymour, officer in charge of Grand Bahama, in Freeport on Saturday.

“The only good thing about it is that there were no lives lost,” Seymour said.

On Monday, the island, already deeply scarred by the storms of 2004 and 2005, was still without power supply. Authorities said the storm ripped down more than 700 poles.

Water was being provided in some areas intermittently.

Government officials said Rand Memorial Hospital and clinics were on generator.

Most of the island’s businesses remained closed and long lines had formed at service stations.

Officials acknowledged that the economy has suffered a major blow and it could be a long time before some semblance of normalcy returns to the island.

Prime Minister Perry Christie toured the devastation in West End on Saturday, where many homes and businesses were flattened by the storm.

Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian

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