Monday, September 9, 2019

Corpses Strewn, People Missing a Week After Dorian Hit the Bahamas

 A forensics team recovering bodies from a collapsed church in Marsh Harbour, the Bahamas town badly hit by Hurricane Dorian.CreditCreditDaniele Volpe for The New York Times

By Kirk Semple

MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas — The corpse was lying on its back, dressed in black shorts and a red shirt, arms outstretched, face toward the sky.

There is no telling where the man died, or exactly when, or how. But Hurricane Dorian’s swirling, pounding floodwaters receded early last week to reveal his body sprawled amid the wreckage of a vast shantytown here in Marsh Harbour, the capital of the Abaco Islands.

On Sunday, a full week after the hurricane hit, the corpse was still where it had come to rest.

The extent of the damage here and elsewhere in the Abaco Islands is so great, the work of assessing it so arduous and the Bahamian government so overwhelmed that a full accounting of the missing and dead may not be known for weeks or even months.  Read more >>