Queen Elizabeth is “shocked and saddened” by the “devastation” caused by Hurricane Dorian.
The monarch has sent “sincere condolences” on behalf of herself and her husband Prince Philip to those who lost their lives as a result of the category two storm hitting the Bahamas, as well as the thousands whose homes were destroyed by the extreme weather.
She said in a statement: “Prince Philip and I have been shocked and saddened to learn of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, and we send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives following this terrible storm.
“At this very difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have seen their homes and property destroyed, and I also send my gratitude to the emergency services and volunteers who are supporting the rescue and recovery effort.”
Meanwhile, Rihanna has vowed to help provide relief to the victims of the hurricane through her own charity, The Clara Lionel Foundation, as soon as the non-profit organization figures out the best way to do so.
She tweeted: “It truly breaks my heart to see the complete devastation that #HurricaneDorian is having on the Bahamas!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 2, 2019
As earlier reported on Capital News, Pope Francis has urged prayers for the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas who “lost everything”, as he set off to Mozambique on a three-nation African tour.
“I would like to ask everyone… to pray for the victims of the hurricanes in the Bahamas, poor people who in one day lost their homes lost everything and lost their lives,” the pontiff said in comments to journalists accompanying him on the plane.
According to updates from Aljazeera, “Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas picked through the wreckage of homes ripped apart by fierce winds, struggled to fuel generators and queued for food on Wednesday(4.09.2019), as Dorian bore down on coastal communities in the southeastern United States and regained intensity.”
“The most damaging storm ever to strike the island nation, Dorian killed at least 20 people, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis confirmed on Wednesday, reiterating that more fatalities were expected.”
The devastating force of nature has already made windfall in the United States, hitting Florida states with its destructive winds and flooding. Dorian is expected to cause serious damage, affecting areas of North and South Carolina.