THE islands are famous for their marinas, golf courses and all-inclusive resorts. Yesterday, this was how the Bahamas looked after 36 hours of being battered by 185mph Hurricane Dorian.
Rescuers trying to reach stranded islanders faced ‘apocalyptic’ scenes as disaster relief organisations rushed to bring in food and medicine. The official death toll stood at seven but was certain to rise.
The full magnitude of the crisis on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama was still coming into focus, with some stricken areas remaining cut off. ‘Right now there are just a lot of unknowns,’ said Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis. ‘We need help.’
Rescuers used Jetskis, boats and even a bulldozer to reach trapped children and adults. Around 13,000 houses — 45 per cent of the homes on the islands — have been severely damaged or destroyed.
Hurricane relief worker Lia Head-Rigby said after flying over Abaco: ‘It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic.’
Meanwhile, Dorian was last night heading for the US states of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, where 3million people have been told to leave their homes.