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Bahamas

 

 

 

Capt Stephen Russell
National Disaster Coordinator
National Emergency Management Agency

Cabinet Office
Rawson Square
Nassau
P.O. Box N-7145
The Bahamas

Tel: (242) 322-2805
Fax: (242) 326-5456
E-mail: [email protected]

Synopsis of the Bahamas:

Location: 24 15 N, 76 00 W
Area: 13,940 km2 (land= 10,070 km2, water= 3,870 km2)
Coastline: 3,542 km
Climate: Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
Terrain: Long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills The country is made up of over 200 hundred islands and over two thousand rocks and cays.
Lowest Point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
Highest Point: Mt. Alvernia on Cat Island (63 m)
Natural Resources: Salt, aragonite, timber, arable land
Population: 299,697 (Jul 2004 est)
Ethnic groups: Black 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%
Languages: English, Creole (among Haitian immigrants)
Natural hazards: Hurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage
Environmental issues: Coral reef decay; solid waste disposal

 

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