Sep 6, 2019

The "unimaginable" in the Bahamas

A man cries after discovering his destroyed house in the Bahamas. Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP

The Dorian death toll in the Bahamas officially has reached 30 people — but hundreds are still missing, and authorities said that figure could soar.

The impact: The final death count will be "staggering," Health Minister Duane Sands told local radio: "[T]he public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering," per the BBC.

The latest:

  • "Literally hundreds, up to thousands, of people are still missing," Joy Jibrilu, director general of the tourism and aviation ministry, told CNN.
  • Many of the missing are children, according to Reuters — including a 6-year-old boy who was blown into the waters of a storm surge.
  • The UN says 70,000 people have urgent food, water and shelter needs.

Hospitals are overwhelmed, the Miami Herald reports. Anyone who needed surgery in Grand Bahama has to leave the island to get it.

  • Sen. Marco Rubio toured the Bahamas by Coast Guard helicopter, and warned on Twitter that the Abaco islands in the northern Bahamas are "increasingly uninhabitable" and need immediate aid "to prevent a human catastrophe."
  • Great Abaco island is "virtually uninhabitable, with bodies piled up, no water, power or food, and militias formed to prevent looting," BBC reports.

What to watch: Relief efforts are beginning. The Netherlands will send two naval ships with supplies, and cruise ships are helping with transportation and supplies — including 10,000 meals of chicken, rice and fruit being delivered by Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas, per Reuters.

Brennamae Cooper (right) cries and hugs a friend after finding themselves walking in opposite directions — one escaping the destruction, and the other on the way to search for her relatives — along a shattered road in the Bahamas. Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP
Floodwaters swirl around a storm drain in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo: Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP

Go deeper: Category 1 Dorian makes landfall in N.C.

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Emergency aid pours into the Bahamas following Dorian's destruction

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Cruise ships, charities and international relief organizations are rushing to deliver aid to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian battered the Caribbean country, leaving at least 76,000 people in need of urgent support, according to the United Nations.

The state of play: Dorian has destroyed at least 13,000 homes and led to extensive flooding in the Abaco Islands, believed to have contaminated wells with saltwater, and resulted in "an urgent need for clean water," per the International Red Cross. The rush to provide aid to the country has begun with numerous organizations and individuals offering to donate goods and resources.

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Dorian's devastation in Bahamas: What you need to know

A Marsh Harbour resident with donations. Photo: Alejandro Granadillo/NurPhoto via Getty Images

More than 2 weeks since Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas, the death toll remains at 50, but government data shows 1,300 people are still listed as missing, while much of the archipelago faced another tropical storm this weekend.

The latest: Bahamians escaped the bulk of storm Humberto, now a hurricane, as it passed offshore, but it still lashed the islands with sustained winds of 70 mph. The National Hurricane Center said. And Humberto's outer rain bands are forecast to dump 1–2 inches of additional rain with isolated storm total amounts of 6 inches.

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CBP processes over 1,000 Dorian evacuees in Florida from Bahamas

People wait to board a cargo ship for evacuation at Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco, to Nassau in the Bahamas, which has also been processing evacuees. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people fled areas of the Bahamas Saturday that were devastated by deadly Hurricane Dorian, Reuters reports.

What's happening: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it had processed the first mass evacuations from the Bahamas in West Palm Beach, Florida, with the arrival of 1,435 passengers from Abaco and Grand Bahama islands on Saturday morning. Many residents have also been evacuated to the Bahamas capital Nassau, per the New York Times.

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