The Bahamas government Sunday night issued a stop order banning any new buildings in four major shantytowns on Abaco, the Nassau Guardian reports.
The order follows the recent devastation of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama by Hurricane Dorian.
The prohibition on new buildings in the shantytowns is valid for at least six months but could be extended, local reports say.
The Nassau Guardian reports that the government has been facing legal pushback since it announced last year that shantytowns would be demolished.
But the move has been halted by a court injunction and several supreme court adjournments.
Dorian flattened shantytowns such as the Mudd and the Peas on Great Abaco Island, killing dozens and leaving thousands homeless, according to the Washington Post.
Thousands of Haitians live in shantytownson the Abaco Islands.
The Mudd, was home to the biggest Haitian immigrant community, the Guardian said.
But it was devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
On Friday Bahamas officials reported that the death toll from Dorian was 50 and revised downwards the number of those missing from 2, 500 to 1, 300.