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Bahamas makes draft legislation for mandatory evacuation in case of natural disaster

Bahamas attorney general Carl Bethel has confirmed the completion of draft legislation to allow for mandatory evacuation once parts of  the country are under threat of natural disasters.
 
It will allow the prime minister through the National Emergency Management Agency to declare a local disaster area and make the necessary orders for mandatory evacuation.
 
Mr. Bethel told The Tribune the legislation will be ready for October 2 when the House of Assembly resumes.
 
As Hurricane Dorian battered Abaco on September 1, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis defended his administration's delay in presenting the legislation, telling reporters that no one could have anticipated the monster storm.
 
At the time, Dr. Minnis pledged that a mandatory evacuation legislation would be a priority for the government.
 
He is to update the nation later no Wednesday on the rescue and recovery efforts.


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