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DR. SANS TOLD NBC NEWS THAT THE NEXT DEATH TOLL UPDATE WILL COME NEXT DEATH TOLL UPDATE WILL COME SOME TIME TOMORROW. SOME TIME TOMORROW. AND JOINING US NOW BY PHONE IS AND JOINING US NOW BY PHONE IS THE HONORABLE THOMPSON, THE THE HONORABLE THOMPSON, THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR THE GRAND MINISTER OF STATE FOR THE GRAND BAHAMAS. BAHAMAS. MINISTER THOMPSON, CAN YOU TELL MINISTER THOMPSON, CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU KNOW AT THIS POINT US WHAT YOU KNOW AT THIS POINT ABOUT THE CHANGING DEATH TOLL? ABOUT THE CHANGING DEATH TOLL? IT SUDDENLY WENT UP BY SEVEN. IT SUDDENLY WENT UP BY SEVEN. IS THAT BECAUSE IT’S EASIER TO IS THAT BECAUSE IT’S EASIER TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SOME OF THESE BE ABLE TO MAKE SOME OF THESE IDENTIFICATIONS AND RECOVERIES? IDENTIFICATIONS AND RECOVERIES?>>YES.>>YES. AND I WANT TO SAY GOOD NIGHT TO AND I WANT TO SAY GOOD NIGHT TO YOU. YOU. GOOD NIGHT TO ALL OF THE FOLKS GOOD NIGHT TO ALL OF THE FOLKS THERE IN THE U.S. AND THE WORLD THERE IN THE U.S. AND THE WORLD WHO’S JOINING. WHO’S JOINING. YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. THE FLOOD WATERS ARE NOW THE FLOOD WATERS ARE NOW RECEDING. RECEDING. PERSONS ARE NOW ABLE TO GET INTO PERSONS ARE NOW ABLE TO GET INTO THE AREAS THAT WERE IMPASSABLE THE AREAS THAT WERE IMPASSABLE BEFORE. BEFORE. AND SO NOW WE’RE NOW IN THAT AND SO NOW WE’RE NOW IN THAT RECOVERY MODE. RECOVERY MODE. WE ARE RECOVERING AND SEEING NOW WE ARE RECOVERING AND SEEING NOW THE — UNFORTUNATELY THE DEATH THE — UNFORTUNATELY THE DEATH TOLL THAT EXISTS. TOLL THAT EXISTS. I AM ON THE ISLAND OF GRAND I AM ON THE ISLAND OF GRAND BAHAMA, AND THE SAME REALLY IS BAHAMA, AND THE SAME REALLY IS HAPPENING ON THE ISLAND OF GRAND HAPPENING ON THE ISLAND OF GRAND BAHAMA. BAHAMA. WE’RE THE SECOND MOST POPULATED WE’RE THE SECOND MOST POPULATED ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS. ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS. SO A BIT MORE POPULATED THAN SO A BIT MORE POPULATED THAN ABACOS. ABACOS. AND THERE WERE SOME AREAS WE AND THERE WERE SOME AREAS WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO REACH TODAY. WERE ONLY ABLE TO REACH TODAY. UNFORTUNATELY RECOVERING BODIES UNFORTUNATELY RECOVERING BODIES TODAY. TODAY. SO THE PRIME MINISTER AND DR. SO THE PRIME MINISTER AND DR. SANS WERE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT SANS WERE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT THAT THE OFFICIAL DEATH COUNT THAT THE OFFICIAL DEATH COUNT UNFORTUNATELY IS GOING TO UNFORTUNATELY IS GOING TO INCREASE. INCREASE.>>ONE OF THE GRIMMER POINTS OF>>ONE OF THE GRIMMER POINTS OF NEWS THAT WE GOT TODAY WAS THE NEWS THAT WE GOT TODAY WAS THE FACT THE ISLANDS NEED MORE FACT THE ISLANDS NEED MORE MORTICIANS, MORE PEOPLE WHO KNOW MORTICIANS, MORE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO HANDLE DEAD BODIES AND HOW TO HANDLE DEAD BODIES AND HELP IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF HELP IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF DEAD BODIES. DEAD BODIES. AND THEY ARE FLYING IN FROM THE AND THEY ARE FLYING IN FROM THE UNITED STATES, AS MANY AS CAN. UNITED STATES, AS MANY AS CAN. IS THAT THE CURRENT MOST IS THAT THE CURRENT MOST IMPORTANT FOCUS IS FINDING AND IMPORTANT FOCUS IS FINDING AND IDENTIFYING THESE VICTIMS? IDENTIFYING THESE VICTIMS?>>WELL, THAT’S ONE OF THE>>WELL, THAT’S ONE OF THE FOCUSES. FOCUSES. I MEAN, WE’VE BEEN DOING THAT I MEAN, WE’VE BEEN DOING THAT TODAY, GETTING INTO THE EASTERN TODAY, GETTING INTO THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE ISLAND TODAY, AND SIDE OF THE ISLAND TODAY, AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE DID RECOVER UNFORTUNATELY, WE DID RECOVER SOME BODIES TODAY. SOME BODIES TODAY. HOWEVER, THAT’S JUST ONE OF THE HOWEVER, THAT’S JUST ONE OF THE CONCERNS. CONCERNS. WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF PERSONS ON WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF PERSONS ON OUR ISLAND THAT ARE HOMELESS. OUR ISLAND THAT ARE HOMELESS. WE HAVE ABOUT 400 NOW THAT WE HAVE ABOUT 400 NOW THAT REMAIN IN SHELTERS. REMAIN IN SHELTERS. A NUMBER ARE STILL WITH THEIR A NUMBER ARE STILL WITH THEIR FAMILIES. FAMILIES. ONE PART OF OUR ISLAND WAS ONE PART OF OUR ISLAND WAS REALLY COMPLETELY DEVASTATED. REALLY COMPLETELY DEVASTATED. WE HAD FLOOD WATERS IN THE RANGE WE HAD FLOOD WATERS IN THE RANGE OF 20 FEET HIGH. OF 20 FEET HIGH. SOME PERSONS TRAPPED IN THEIR SOME PERSONS TRAPPED IN THEIR ATTICS HAD TO BE RESCUED. ATTICS HAD TO BE RESCUED. WE’VE NOW SETUP FEEDING BANKS WE’VE NOW SETUP FEEDING BANKS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY PERSONS WHO BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY PERSONS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOUSES, THE HAVE LOST THEIR HOUSES, THE COMPLETE ISLAND IS OUT OF POWER COMPLETE ISLAND IS OUT OF POWER AND OUT OF WATER. AND OUT OF WATER. SO THE GOVERNMENT HAS MOBILIZED SO THE GOVERNMENT HAS MOBILIZED THANKFULLY PERSONS OF CONTROL THANKFULLY PERSONS OF CONTROL WILL NOW BE RECEIVING RELIEF WILL NOW BE RECEIVING RELIEF ITEMS AND ARE NOW MOBILIZING TO ITEMS AND ARE NOW MOBILIZING TO GET THOSE RELIEF ITEMS INTO THE GET THOSE RELIEF ITEMS INTO THE COMMUNITY. COMMUNITY. WE HAVE FEEDING CENTERS AND WE HAVE FEEDING CENTERS AND WE’RE NOW TRYING TO FEED, WE’RE NOW TRYING TO FEED, CLOTHE, PROVIDE WATER, PROVIDE CLOTHE, PROVIDE WATER, PROVIDE THOSE ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES JUST TO THOSE ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES JUST TO KEEP OUR POPULATION GOING. KEEP OUR POPULATION GOING.>>ARE THERE AREAS OF THE>>ARE THERE AREAS OF THE ISLANDS THAT ARE SO REMOTE THAT ISLANDS THAT ARE SO REMOTE THAT THE PEOPLE THERE WHO HAVE THE PEOPLE THERE WHO HAVE SURVIVED WON’T BE ABLE TO FIND SURVIVED WON’T BE ABLE TO FIND THEIR WAY TO A SAFER PLACE? THEIR WAY TO A SAFER PLACE? THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO WALK THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO WALK WHATEVER THAT DISTANCE MIGHT BE? WHATEVER THAT DISTANCE MIGHT BE?>>WELL, THE ISLAND OF GRAND>>WELL, THE ISLAND OF GRAND BAHAMA AND ALSO THE ISLAND OF BAHAMA AND ALSO THE ISLAND OF ABACOS REALLY HAVE A NUMBER ABACOS REALLY HAVE A NUMBER OF — SO YOU CAN IMAGINE THERE OF — SO YOU CAN IMAGINE THERE ARE AREAS IN REGULAR ARE AREAS IN REGULAR CIRCUMSTANCES ONLY ASSESSABLE BY CIRCUMSTANCES ONLY ASSESSABLE BY BOAT IN SOME CASES ONLY BY SMALL BOAT IN SOME CASES ONLY BY SMALL BOATS. BOATS. COM COM COMPOUND THAT WITH AREAS ONLY COMPOUND THAT WITH AREAS ONLY ASSESSABLE BY ONE ROAD, AND THAT ASSESSABLE BY ONE ROAD, AND THAT ROAD EITHER WILL HAVE BEEN ROAD EITHER WILL HAVE BEEN WASHED AWAY OR THAT ROAD WOULD WASHED AWAY OR THAT ROAD WOULD HAVE HAD DEBRIS THAT WAS COVERED HAVE HAD DEBRIS THAT WAS COVERED AND SO IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN SOME AND SO IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN SOME TIME TO ACCESS THOSE AREAS TIME TO ACCESS THOSE AREAS BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE. BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE. BUT WE HAVE DONE SO BY WAY OF BUT WE HAVE DONE SO BY WAY OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND ACCESS TO HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND ACCESS TO THOSE ROADS. THOSE ROADS. IN SOME CASES WE’VE ACTUALLY HAD IN SOME CASES WE’VE ACTUALLY HAD TO USE VESSELS TO GO AROUND THE TO USE VESSELS TO GO AROUND THE ISLAND TO GET INTO DIFFERENT ISLAND TO GET INTO DIFFERENT AREAS. AREAS. AND SO IT’S BEEN CHALLENGING, AND SO IT’S BEEN CHALLENGING, BUT OUR POLICE, OUR DEFENSE BUT OUR POLICE, OUR DEFENSE FORCE, OUR OFFICIALS I REALLY FORCE, OUR OFFICIALS I REALLY COMMEND THEM BECAUSE THEY’VE COMMEND THEM BECAUSE THEY’VE STEPPED UP. STEPPED UP. THE PRIME MINISTER HAS SAID WE THE PRIME MINISTER HAS SAID WE WILL SPARE NO EXPENSE TO ENSURE WILL SPARE NO EXPENSE TO ENSURE THAT WE DO WHAT WE CAN TO THAT WE DO WHAT WE CAN TO RECOVER, THAT WE DO WHAT WE CAN RECOVER, THAT WE DO WHAT WE CAN TO ASSIST OUR POPULATION AND TO ASSIST OUR POPULATION AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT’S BEEN THAT’S REALLY WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING. HAPPENING.>>MINISTER THOMPSON, THANK YOU>>MINISTER THOMPSON, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. TONIGHT. WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR WHAT HAS WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOUR ISLANDS AND HAPPENED TO YOUR ISLANDS AND WHAT YOU ARE CONTINUING TO WHAT YOU ARE CONTINUING TO DISCOVER IN THIS AFTERMATH. DISCOVER IN THIS AFTERMATH. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TONIGHT. TONIGHT.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. AND WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOUR AND WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOUR LISTENERS. LISTENERS. WE’VE GOTTEN TREMENDOUS SUPPORT, WE’VE GOTTEN TREMENDOUS SUPPORT, TREMENDOUS OUTPOURING. TREMENDOUS OUTPOURING. SO WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF THOSE SO WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF THOSE PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE

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