‘Only animals can live here’: Desperate Bahamians try to flee after Dorian’s devastation leaves 70,000 homeless and armed militias roaming the fetid streets with hundreds of people still missing

Saturday, September 7, 2019
By Paul Martin

Bahamian government says official death toll has risen from 30 to 43, though officials expect the number to significantly jump
Severe flooding in aftermath of Hurricane Dorian has slowed rescue and recovery efforts throughout the archipelago
Hundreds of residents who had their houses obliterated waited at the port in Grand Abaco on Friday in hopes of getting off the island
Locals say that the stench of dead bodies is evident as parts of the Bahamas ‘ain’t livable for nobody’
Bahamian cruise line is ferrying 1,400 evacuees to the port of West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday morning

7 September 2019

The Bahamians lucky enough to survive the devastating Category 5 Hurricane Dorian say that the smell of rotting corpses is in the air as a rising death toll and rampant homelessness has islanders looking to flee.

Carrying their meager possessions in duffel bags and shopping carts, hundreds of desperate storm victims gathered at the port in Grand Abaco on Friday in hopes of getting off the hurricane-devastated island, amid signs of rising frustration over the pace of the disaster-relief effort.

‘It’s chaos here,’ said Gee Rolle, a 44-year-old construction worker who waited with his wife for a boat that could take them to the capital, Nassau.

‘The government is trying their best, but at the same time, I don’t think they’re doing a good enough job to evacuate the people. It ain’t livable for nobody. Only animals can live here.’

The Bahamian Health Ministry said helicopters and boats were on the way, but officials warned of delays because of severe flooding.

The search for victims and survivors went on, meanwhile, five days after Dorian slammed the Bahamas with 185 mph winds that obliterated countless homes.

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