Sunday 22 September 2019

Grim search for bodies goes on after hurricane

Bahamas

The Mudd neighbourhood after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. Photo: Marco Bellow
The Mudd neighbourhood after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. Photo: Marco Bellow

Zachary Fagenson

Rescue workers wearing white hazard suits continued their grim search for bodies and survivors in the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas yesterday, as relief agencies worked to deliver food and supplies over flooded roads and piles of debris.

At least 43 people died when Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas on September 1, flattening homes and tossing cars and planes around like toys.

Dorian was one of the most powerful Caribbean storms on record, a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 320kmh. It rampaged over the Bahamas for nearly two days, becoming the worst disaster in the nation's history.

Large swathes of Greater Abaco Island were destroyed.

Search crews used geotagging technology to mark the locations of bodies in the hard-hit Mudd section of Marsh Harbour on that island.

Thousands of people poured into the capital, Nassau, where a week after the storm shelters were straining to house evacuees from worse-hit areas. Hundreds more have fled to the United States in search of safety and resources.

The National Emergency Management Agency said 2,500 people had been evacuated from the archipelago's several islands, most of them from Abaco.

Irish Independent

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