‘People are shooting each other for food and water’: Bahamas Hurricane Dorian death toll will be ‘staggering’ with THOUSANDS still missing as bodies pile up and militias are formed to stop looting

Friday, September 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

Government has deployed extra security to Bahamas northern islands amid reports of looting and violence
Corpses have piled up and officials have ordered in hundreds of body bags as death toll expected to climb
Officials are now evacuating people to capital in Nassau but efforts are hampered by flooded airport runways
Up to 70,000 in need of ‘life-saving assistance’ while health minister has warned of a ‘staggering’ death toll
Dorian struck the Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm on Sunday, unleashing deadly 185mph winds
Half of Bahamas homes destroyed or severely damaged, with $7bn in insured and uninsured property losses

6 September 2019

The death toll from devastating Hurricane Dorian will be ‘staggering’ with thousands still missing, officials have warned amid reports looters are ‘trying to shoot people’ in the scramble for food and water.

Up to 70,000 are in need of ‘life-saving assistance’ while the island of Great Abaco is said to be virtually uninhabitable, with bodies piled up.

While the official death toll stands at 30, that number is expected to rise today and hundreds of body bags have been ordered.

A massive international relief effort was ramped up today as survivors revealed horrifying details of the aftermath of the 185mph, Category-5 storm.

One of them, Alicia Cooke, broke down in tears as she revealed: ‘Everything is gone, people are starting to panic. Pillaging, looting, trying to shoot people for food and water. It’s just no way everyone’s going to get out.’

‘No homes. No banks. No gas stations. No hardware stores. Everything is gone,’ she added.

Desperate attempts are being made to evacuate people to the capital in Nassau, but efforts have been complicated by flooded runways at Grand Bahama International Airport.

Addressing fears the death toll from the disaster will climb, Health Minister Duane Sands warned: ‘Let me say that I believe the number will be staggering.’

Extra security has been deployed with witnesses seeing residents breaking into liquor stores and supermarkets, carrying off goods in bags or filling their vehicles. Local militias have been formed to clamp down on the widespread looting.

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