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Bahamas: Additional $13M needed to fund Dorian home repairs

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is seeking to secure an additional $13 million needed to fund its Hurricane Dorian Small Home Repair Programme after reaching a significant shortfall, said Minister of State for Disaster Management Iram Lewis yesterday.

“We know there are persons who are anxiously waiting for the program to continue and we will be making an announcement in short order,” Lewis told reporters outside Cabinet.

“We have a paper to present to Cabinet to get all of the necessary financings to move the project forward.

“I want to assure all of those persons who we made a commitment to that we will honor our commitment.”

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

The government had expected to garner funds from pledges offered from countries and organizations, along with other efforts to help fund Dorian restoration.

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