Bahamian prime minister calls for ‘National Day of Mourning,’ thanks U.S. for assistance

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:04 AM PT — Thursday, September 12, 2019

The prime minister of the Bahamas said he plans to hold a “National Day of Mourning” for the victims of Hurricane Dorian. During a televised address Wednesday, Bahamian Prime Minister  said the day must be held to properly pay tribute to those who have passed as a result of the storm.

During the address, Minnis said operations have officially shifted to “recovery, stabilization and restoration” efforts with crews working around the clock to set up temporary housing and shelters.

In this handout photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian is seen on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. Two Dutch navy ships have arrived in the Bahamas to help with the relief operation after the region was devastated by Hurricane Dorian.  (Sjoerd Hilckmann/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)

Minnis also went on to thank the international community and President Trump for his assistance in the ongoing operations.

“The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has proven to be a true friend to the Bahamas during this dark hour,” he stated. “I expressed the gratitude of the Bahamian people and government to President Trump, we thank the American people and government for their generosity.”

This comes as the death toll rises to 50 in The Bahamas with over 2,000 others estimated to be missing.