Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thousands listed as missing in the Bahamas as rescuers, family members try to find survivors

Allysan Knowles, left, holds her daughter as she listens to her nephew talk to their family after he was rescued and reunited with them at Odyssey Aviation in Nassau, Bahamas.
Photo: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten

Lori Rozsa, The Washington Post

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - As rescue crews continue to look for and evacuate people from the devastated islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama, relatives and friends are trying desperately to find loved ones in the Bahamas amid the chaos of recovery after Hurricane Dorian.

Access to the battered northern islands, where the storm caused catastrophic damage, has been limited. Search and rescue teams, including the U.S. Coast Guard and the British Royal Navy, were on the islands Wednesday trying to find survivors.

But amid communication lapses and widespread decimation, news about individuals is slow to arrive and difficult to find, so thousands of people have taken to social media to track down their kin.  Read more >>