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The Massive Scope of Hurricane Dorian’s Damage

"When we went back where we were living, we saw dead bodies all around." This is the dire situation on the ground two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas.

Recovering from a Category 5 hurricane will take a lot more

Nearly 2 weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated The Bahamas, over 2,500 people are listed missing and the death toll of 50 is rising as reported by the Bahamas’ NEMA. Nearly 70,000 people are now homeless on Grand Bahama and Abaco, the hardest hit islands according to the International Organization for Migration. Despite humanitarian missions carrying over 1,500 evacuees, UNICEF workers say the situation on the ground is not improving. The death toll was expected to go up as search-and-rescue crews continued to scour the ruins in Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. The list was preliminary, and all the names were not immediately confirmed against government records and evacuees, said Carl Smith of the Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency. He urged people to continue submitting missing persons through the hotline, or visiting the social services office handling the missing people register.

Hurricane Dorian tore through the islands as a Category 5 — the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall in the Bahamas. The first sweep of hard-hit northern islands — where some 70,000 people have lost almost everything — was completed, including at least a first check for anyone in need of rescue, food, or water and an assessment of damage and sanitation needs, said Daniel Gajewski of Fairfax County, Virginia’s Urban Search and Rescue team. Unicef estimates that today there are 18,000 children that have been affected by Hurricane Dorian. The U.S. and U.N. have collectively provided $3.8 million in aid, and celebrities like Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake have pledged a minimum of $12 million to provide short term food shelter clothing in line with USAID. But people say recovering from a Category 5 hurricane will take a lot more. Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said the government was working to set up temporary housing for those who lost their homes, adding that he visited shelters in New Providence that were providing temporary housing to evacuees from Abaco and Grand Bahama. He warned against re-circulating “false information” that was spreading discord in the community.

Brut.

09/13/2019 6:32 PM
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56 comments

  • Frank M.
    09/13/2019 18:59

    But trumpo is concerned about bad guys...what a sicko...the lack of humanity and empathy is absolutely astounding...just astounding

  • Brut
    09/13/2019 19:04

    Spanish chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen traveled to the Bahamas to help feed victims of Hurricane Dorian.

  • Brut
    09/13/2019 19:26

    Special thanks to :

  • Yuss Z.
    09/13/2019 20:49

    So sad 😔

  • Jasmine B.
    09/14/2019 03:04

    Look at my island, my country and my people it is amazing how many nations are assisting us we are truly blessed in our time of need...Thank you to everyone for your prayers and assistance no matter how big or small they are 👏💞😍

  • Abraham M.
    09/14/2019 05:33

    Gracias

  • Waffa H.
    6 days

    ربنا معاكم

  • Leah C.
    6 days

    😥🤗

  • Conchita C.
    5 days

    May God heal the land of Bahamas

  • Rajaa K.
    5 days

    ياربي اتوسل اليك ان ترسل هل اعصار عليهود وعلى ايران بحق محمد

  • Nerkera S.
    5 days

    Sad

  • Joshua C.
    5 days

    I don't see Brut donating ?????

  • Ramsey R.
    5 days

    God bless all involved may the almighty look upon you all in this difficult time.

  • Raj S.
    4 days

    Amen

  • Valda F.
    4 days

    We as human being we take life for granted and think it's going to be always good we have to live life one day at are time and thank God for it❤

  • Paula M.
    4 days

    Am crying speechless

  • Kaffy A.
    4 days

    It really sad I feel really bad God is with you

  • Flora G.
    4 days

    Dios nos libre de un desastre

  • Loutie T.
    4 days

    Sad

  • Yawah W.
    4 days

    We are sorry for the lost.