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Bahamas appeals for tourism after Hurricane Dorian

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 4:07 PM
Hubert Alexander Minnis, Prime Minister of Bahamas, addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, September 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As the Bahamas strives to recover from Hurricane Dorian, the prime minister is pleading with the international community to tackle climate change — and encouraging travellers to visit to help the island nation rebuild.

Hubert Minnis told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that the September 1 storm was “a generational tragedy” for his country.

He portrayed it as an illustration of how warming ocean waters can become “instruments of death and destruction.”

One of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, Dorian razed parts of the Bahamas.

Minnis says the death toll currently stands at 56, with 600 people still missing.

But other areas in the island chain weren’t affected, and Minnis says visits by tourists will play a vital role in helping the Bahamas rebuild the devastated places.

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