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“Utter Devastation”: Bahamian residents stranded after widespread flooding destroys homes

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Published on 10 Sep 2019 / In News & Politics

Hurricane Dorian made landfall this Sunday leaving a path of "utter devastation" in its wake.The Category 5 hurricane destroyed as many as 13,000 homes on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama and left 70-80% of the affected areas almost completely underwater, including the Grand Bahama International Airport. The death toll is currently at 7 but is expected to rise as flash floods continue to hamper rescue attempts. "The toll of the hurricane is truly indescribable and unprecedented," says historian and scholar Crystal deGregory. deGregory, who was visiting her family in the Bahamas when the tropical storm made landfall, described the widespread flooding across both inland and coastal areas as “mind boggling.” Sam Teicher, the founder and chief reef officer for Coral Vita, also joins us from Freeport in Grand Bahama to describe the conditions on the ground and the islands' desperate need for supplies. Teicher says, "Bahamian people are really resilient and incredible, but they really need help from the outside world now."

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