Almost half of the homes on Grand Bahama Island and Abaco have been destroyed or severely damaged by Hurricane Dorian and 60,000 people have been left without food and clean drinking water. Officials expect the death toll from the storm to dramatically increase from 7.
British, Canadian, and U.S. military personnel were deployed for the widespread rescue and recovery efforts. “It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” Lia Head-Rigby, a local hurricane worker, told AP. “It’s not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again.”
Red Cross spokesman Matthew Cochrane said over 13,000 houses on Grand Bahama and Abaco were severely damaged or destroyed. “What we are hearing lends credence to the fact that this has been a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact,” Cochrane said.