August 5, 2020

Dorian continues to plague Bahamas after causing devastation and at least five deaths

Hurricane Dorian, now category 3, continues to hit the north of Grand Bahama (northeast) on Tuesday, about to turn 42 hours over the archipelago of the Bahamas, where it passed through the Abaco Islands (northwest) at least five dead, although it is feared that the number of victims will continue to rise.

Authorities fear that the death toll will rise to hundreds, according to local media reports, which speak of "mass destruction" on both sides of the archipelago after the passage of the cyclone, which started with category 5 on Saturday and Monday under Four.

"We are immersed in a historical tragedy. Our task now is to seek, rescue and recover. I ask you to pray for those in the affected areas and for our rescue personnel," said Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Monday.

According to images disseminated by residents despite the fact that part of the communications are down, Freeport Airport, in Grand Bahama, is submerged, with the exception of the last floor, and in some areas of the city only the roof of the homes, while rods people crowd in them to wait to be rescued.

Thousands of houses are flooded and only the last floor is visible and the streets have become rivers.

Even the Minister of Agriculture, Michael Pintard, broadcast a video indicating that he is trapped in the upper part of his home, which is surrounded by almost six meters of water.

The house is located on Grand Lucayan Waterway, in Grand Bahama, and in the images you can see the water above the windows.

The Red Cross estimates 13,000 homes destroyed.

This Tuesday, Dorian's passage through Grand Bahama translates into heavy rains, floods and winds of up to 150 miles per hour (241 kilometers per hour).

Several local broadcasters have become a place to deposit messages from hundreds of people looking for their missing loved ones.

Numerous local Bahamian NGOs have begun to mobilize to receive donations and be able to transfer them to those affected.

In Puerto Rico, 33 municipalities have established several centers for storing food and basic necessities to help those affected by the storm.

Dorian, now with winds reduced to 120 miles per hour (195 km / h), equivalent to category 3, moves slowly northwest from the north of the Bahamas and is expected to be very close to the coast of Florida as of this Tuesday night.

In its bulletin of the 8.00 local time on Tuesday (12.00 GMT), the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC), which continues to consider Dorian an "extremely dangerous" hurricane, places it at 40 miles (70 km) at northeast of Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island, and 110 miles (120 km) from West Palm Beach, on the east coast of Florida.

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