Government sources have confirmed the deaths of at least five people, including a 7-year-old boy, as a result of Hurricane Dorian. But local press is reporting that many more have lost their lives in at least one part of the country known as the Abaco Islands where “bodies are floating.”
The islands are collectively populated by about 17,000 people made up of mostly fishermen and manual laborers and migrants from Haiti, according to The New York Times.
“Live scenes today in Marsh Harbour Abaco where Hurricane Dorian moved in with winds of 185mph on Sunday, Sept. 1st. Scores have died as a result of mass flooding,” the publication reported Monday with a video showing extensive flooding.
Reporters from the publication also described the devastation they witnessed in Abaco: “The place is a disaster, no business is operable and bodies are floating around Big Cay. The concern is nobody knows how many people died, and they feel when the water subsides some bodies will be washed out to sea.”
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis previously announced, according to The Washington Post, that parts of Marsh Harbour, a town of more than 6,000, appeared to be “underwater,” as multiple reports online showed desperate residents seeking shelter from rising floodwaters in damaged homes.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair