'It's all gone': how Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas - podcast

UN official: Urgent need for critical life saving supplies in Bahamas

Bahamas emergency services have listed 2500 people as missing after Hurricane Dorian struck the islands last week.

"This list has not yet been checked against government records of who are staying in shelters or who have been evacuated", National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Carl Smith told a news conference.

The total may fall as it is cross-checked.

The storm made landfall on Abaco Island on September 1 as a Category 5 hurricane.

On 8 September, soon after Hurricane Dorian had cloven its destructive path through the Bahamas, UNICEF Latin America sent a plane carrying 1.5 tonnes of relief material to the islands, enabling them to provide access to safe drinking water for over 9,500 children and families.

"The Bahamas are part of our entire Hurricane Dorian relief effort", said Smith. State and federal lawmakers in Florida, which has the largest population of Bahamians in the United States, asked US President Donald Trump to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to let evacuees live with relatives.

In addition to the devastation in Abaco, Minnis said East Grand Bahama has been "laid to waste", and Freeport, West End and much of Grand Bahama "experienced disgusting destruction".

"For some reason, it seems that our government here in the Bahamas is trying to downplay the situation, which is not good", he said.


The deaths centred largely on the hard-hit Great Abaco Island, an official said on Tuesday.

"I would say based off of our sample size, we're going to see more".

Janice said that although she heard from her son sporadically as the hurricane passed through, it didn't help ease her concern.

John Rood, a former USA ambassador to the Bahamas who has been appointed by DeSantis as the state's "point person" in relief efforts, said the first step is working with Mission of Hope International to build transitional housing for Bahamians.

Hurricane Dorian, which left a trail of bodies and desperation in its wake, had maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (297 kph), with gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph) when it hit the two islands in The Bahamas last week Sunday and Monday.

"A floating bar from a cay off the coast of Grand Bahama landed in my front yard, which I'm sure weighed more than two tonnes".

The fund is focused on the core safety of the people, their essential needs such as water, food, shelter, medical needs, and the recovery of the community.

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