St. Martin in ‘total solidarity’ with Bahamas, says Gibbs | THE DAILY HERALD

MARIGOT–President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs issued a message of support for the people of the Bahamas on Wednesday following the devastating passage of Hurricane Dorian.

“The inhabitants of the islands of Abacos and Grand Bahama have just suffered the destructive effects of Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Bahamas archipelago,” he said in the statement. “I extend my full support to the people and authorities of the Bahamas who are going through a very difficult time now.

“The elected representatives of the Territorial Council join me in expressing our deepest condolences to the families who lost a loved one, as well as to Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and his government.

“Two years ago, almost to the day, St. Martin/St. Maarten suffered the same destructive experience with the onslaught of Hurricane Irma and we know how difficult it is to rebuild after such a disaster. The days following the passage of a major hurricane are particularly challenging.

“All our thoughts go out to the inhabitants of the islands that have suffered the wrath of Dorian and are currently in a state of emergency. The time for reconstruction will come next. It is a complex ordeal, requiring patience and self-sacrifice. I know that the inhabitants of the Bahamas islands will find the necessary resources to get up and rebuild their archipelago more beautiful and stronger.

“On behalf of the people of St. Martin, I wish the people of the Bahamas the strength and courage to overcome this terrible ordeal. Our solidarity with the Bahamas is total. St. Martin will contribute aid when the time comes through official channels to help the affected inhabitants. The people of St. Martin are standing wholeheartedly with their brothers and sisters in the Bahamas.”

Source: The Daily Herald