A spokesman with the National Emergency Management Agency – Bahamas confirmed September 11, 2019, that 2 500 people are now registered as missing. However, the number is likely much higher as there were many undocumented people living there.
The confirmed death toll stands at 50, as of September 11:
In a video posted by the Bahamas Press, one survivor from the Abaco islands described the situation after Dorian moved toward USA: "There's not one house in Abaco that is standing. There's not one absolute building that is standing. All the churches are gone. All the gas stations are gone. All the food stores are gone. All the homes are gone."
She continued saying that it was not just a hurricane that destroyed the area, but tornadoes as well. "Everything is absolutely gone. There's no life in Abaco. The whole island got washed away."
The total number of fatalities is yet to be confirmed but reports forecasted that it is going to be a "staggering" amount. Red Cross spokesperson Jennifer Eli stated last week, "Even search and rescue choppers haven't been able to reach some people because there's no place to land,"
Dr. Caroline Burnett-Garraway, medical chief of staff at Princess Margaret Hospital Nassau, said they would need two cooled 40-foot trucks to hold the corpses.
According to officials, the damage in infrastructure has reached around 90% in the Abaco.
However, a resident who also helped with search operations called out the number on a video saying, "Abaco is gone. I don't see Abaco ever coming back right now, between next year to two years. Abaco is devastated and if you don't believe me, ask the people of Abaco if they didn't see me on the front line, in the storm, while the storm is going, trying to rescue people, trying to help people."
Both locals described the island as uninhabitable, with dead bodies everywhere, contaminated waters, and mentioned about victims breaking into stores, gathering food, loots, and supplies.
Featured image credit: Karel van Oosterom @KvanOosterom
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