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Bahamas: DRA records an influx in registrants for Dorian home repair program

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An influx of registrants to the government’s Dorian Small Home Repair Programme has led to a delay of residents receiving supplies and vendors being paid, according to Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis yesterday.

“There was an influx,” Lewis told reporters outside Cabinet.

“We expected x amount. Everyone is coming for support and we are trying to support as much as possible. In fact, we are trying to support everybody who has a legitimate claim. We are not trying to deny.”

In February, the DRA launched its Small Home Repair Programme, which would allow Bahamians impacted by Hurricane Dorian to access up to $10,000 in funds for repairs.

Lewis said the program is approaching nearly 5,000 registrants.

“It’s been very taxing,” he continued, “but understanding the importance of it, as a responsible government, we will do our best to not only clean up our communities but do our best to ensure that persons are back in our homes.”

Lewis said: “We are looking for partners.  The government doesn’t have all of the money, so you may know somebody who may help us out.”

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