Bahamas PM says rescue operations have begun as hurricane Dorian drifts from the island

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Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says the authorities are continuing to closely monitor events in Grand Bahama as hurricane Dorian begins to slowly move away from the island.

Dr. Minnis tweeted that the US Coast Guard had already started rescue operations in Abaco and the injured are being transported to the capital of New Providence.

He adds that relief and rapid assessment teams are standing by and will e deployed to Abaco and Grand Bahama as soon as possible. The Bahamian Prime Minister says the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has also activated more emergency numbers for residents.

He adds that the authorities are putting in place, other critical measures to respond as rapidly a possible to reduce any suffering and pain, noting that there are many difficult days, weeks and months ahead.