Devastation in the Bahamas

Damage estimates have topped $50 billion.

Damage estimates have topped $50 billion.

Isabella Harrop, Staff Writer

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Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Northern Bahamas on September 1, 2019. It has tied the record for the strongest Atlantic hurricane that made landfall ever. It had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph along with a storm surge of 23 feet. Dorian destroyed about 13,000 homes. More than 50 people have died, and 70,000 people have been left homeless. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people are still missing of the 400,000 people who live there. Injuries varied from fractures, head wounds, deep lacerations, skin rashes and dehydration. The worst was in the northern Bahamas where the category 5 storm hit for 48 hours. There are about 10,000 people who need shelter, food, and water. Streets are covered in debris from the major flooding. Houses are demolished, boats are wrecked, cars flipped over or were impaled by steel and wood.

 

The U.S. military is assisting relief by searching through to rubble. 47 metric tons of supplies were sent from Miami that is estimated to help about 44,000 people. On Sunday the U.S Coast Guard rescued almost 300 people. Around 500 Bahamians were evacuated to Palm Beach, Florida. The cruise lines have been trying to help. The Celebrity Equinox cruise ship sent 10,000 meals and additional aid to the Bahamas. The Bahamas Paradise Cruise line evacuated 1,500 people and brought them to West Palm Beach. Delta Airlines has also filled 4,700 pounds of supplies including water, non-perishable food, diapers, formula, underwear and socks. Once it delivered all of the supplies, the flight brought back 59 evacuees. There are 1,000 people sleeping in gyms and churches in the capital Nassau

 

As emergency crews go along, they mark places with orange spray paint to know they have cleared that spots for bodies. Responders have to go through piles of concrete, aluminum siding, and asphalt. 90% of the buildings were damaged or destroyed. The damage is estimated at 50 billion dollars to repair. They have years to come to recover and rebuild from this tragedy.

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