Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, thanked the United States for its assistance in the face of the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in his country.
“From day one, the United States was in our territory assisting us with all of our needs. Had it not been for the United States we would not have been advanced this far in the entire process,” he said, according to CNN, quoted by The Hill on Sept. 7.
According to Minnis, the aid received protected the lives of many of the inhabitants.
For its part, the U.S. Coast Guard provided helicopters and 1,000 members of its forces to assist those in need after the devastating hurricane.
President Trump also thanked the prime minister for his recognition and praised the government agencies that helped the island, particularly FEMA, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Thank you to the Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis for your very gracious and kind words in saying that without the help of the United States and me, their would have been many more casualties. I give all credit to FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the brave people of the Bahamas,” said the president in his tweet.
The hurricane stopped over the Bahamas for more than a day and a half, with winds of up to 185 mph and torrential rains, flooding neighborhoods with muddy brown water and destroying or severely damaging thousands of homes.
As of Sept. 6, the death toll was 43, but is expected to continue to rise, according to Erica Wells Cox, spokeswoman for Minnis.
“Forty-three is the official count, many missing and this number is expected to grow significantly,” the official said, according to NBCNews.
About 70,000 people are in need of aid in the Bahamas and many thousands are trying to find their loved ones.