Hurricane Dorian Leaves 2,500 Unaccounted For In Bahamas

Makai Simmons First Day

Makai Simmons First Day

"The Bahamians impacted by Hurricane Dorian are facing a humanitarian crisis, and the American government, global partners and private organizations continue to support them with aid and services", a White House official told CBS News. The strong Category 5 storm reached the Abacos on September 1 and stalled for two days as it slowly crossed Grand Bahama.

What is on the new list?

"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.

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The number is likely to fall as the cross-checking is carried out.

What is happening on the ground?

Some 6,000 to 7,000 remain, according to a report by the UN World Food Programme.

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NHK team landed on Great Abaco Island on Tuesday, where damage is particularly serious.

Several hundred people who evacuated the damaged islands are already living in emergency tents around Nassau, the capital. The town was devastated by the hurricane, which flattened shanty towns known as the Mudd and Pigeon Peas. The Red Cross is sending aid to the Bahamas and assisting evacuees as they arrive to the United States.

What happened when the storm struck?

"It made landfall with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and gusts of 220 miles per hour, which ties it for the highest sustained wind landfall on record - the 1935 Labor Day hurricane", he said. Only the 1935 Labor Day hurricane could match that for wind speed at landfall.

While power has returned to much of Grand Bahama, Smith says that the electrical infrastructure around Marsh Harbour, Abaco's largest city, was destroyed.

Matt Hicks, an Apollo native who has lived in the Bahamas for more than four years, said he agrees with the country's Ministry of Tourism that, well, tourism is among the best ways to help.

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