Bahamas left devastated after 3 days of pounding by Hurricane Dorian Social Sharing
Wednesday - 04/09/2019 18:27
'There was no point staying in the house and waiting for a rescue': search, recovery ongoing in Bahamas
Rescuers searched for survivors in the Bahamas on Wednesday after Hurricane Dorian, the most damaging storm to strike the island nation, left in its wake a flooded landscape dotted with pulverized homes and beached boats.
The scope of the damage and humanitarian crisis was still unfolding as aerial video of the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showed wide swaths of destruction and officials warned the current death toll of seven was likely to rise.
"We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country's history," Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told a news conference. "No effort or resources will be held back."
Dozens of people took to Facebook to search for missing loved ones, and aid agencies estimated that tens of thousands of people in the nation of about 400,000 people would need food and other support.
"Marsh Harbor has suffered, I would estimate, in excess of 60 per cent damage to their homes," Minnis said, referring to the port on Great Abaco.
"The Mud, as we know, has been completely destroyed or decimated," he said referring to a shantytown known as the Mud and the Peas.