The airport’s obliteration deals a devastating blow for residents who desperately need medical evacuations or emergency aid.
“The runway field is now a debris field,” Oppmann said.Now that Dorian’s vicious bands of rain and wind are slowly crawling up the southeast US coast, Bahamians are finally seeing sunlight again.
“Nothing compares to what we went through the past two days,” survivor Michael Hynes said. “Almost 48 hours now with nonstop carnage.”
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said a huge recovery effort is being launched.
“Our priority is search, rescue and recovery. “Volunteers are rushing to rescue trapped residents and deliver aid three days after Dorian slammed the country as a Category 5 storm.
“There is tremendous human suffering,” storm chaser Josh Morgerman said. “These people really need help. They’ve lost everything.”
Volunteers wade through floodwater in rescue
Rochenel Daniel is one of the many Bahamians who took it upon himself to rescue others.
“The first one we found was my brother. He was clinging on to a tree, and he made it out safe,” Daniel said.
“But we are unable to locate his wife at the moment. We hope that she’s OK.”
Volunteers are fighting their own fatigue to save survivors worn out from the prolonged hurricane.”Some people, they were exhausted. Some we had to carry,” Daniel said.
“Some couldn’t even make it.”
Freeport resident Harold Williams and his son went out on a jet ski to get stranded relatives who waded out to them in chest-deep waters.”I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this in our lifetime,” Williams said. “Total destruction.”
Hospital cut off
Swaths of Grand Bahama now look like ravaged wastelands.Injured residents can’t reach one hospital because it’s blocked by submerged cars.
Not only is the island’s airport ruined, a road leading up to it has been replaced by a river of floodwater.
Between Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, about 60,000 people may be in dire need of food relief, the World Food Programme said.
The US Coast Guard has conducted 61 rescues in the Bahamas so far and is doing aerial surveys.
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