Commonwealth countries “stand ready” to support the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland said in a tweet on Monday as the first reported death from the storm was reported.
The death of an eight-year-old boy, the first reported fatality caused from Hurricane Dorian, has been reported by local news outlets Eyewitness News and Bahamas Press.
The boy’s grandmother, Ingrid McIntosh, told Eyewitness News in the Bahamas that her grandson died on Abaco Island.
McIntosh said her daughter told her that she found the body of her son, who she believed drowned in the rising waters. McIntosh added that her granddaughter is also missing.
“All I can say is that my daughter called from Abaco and said that her son — my grandson — is dead. That’s it. I don’t know what really happened. I think she said he drowned,” McIntosh said. CNN has contacted Bahamian authorities who have not yet confirmed these reports.
Commonwealth countries “stand ready” to support the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland said in a tweet on Monday.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the government and people of The Bahamas and all affected in anyway by the devastation caused by ‘extremely dangerous’ and unprecedented Hurricane Dorian. Commonwealth family stands ready to offer both short-term and long-term support.”