Wednesday, September 4, 2019

‘We need help’: Rescuers in Bahamas face a blasted landscape

A family walks on a road after being rescued from the flood waters of Hurricane Dorian, near Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Tuesday Sept. 3, 2019. They were rescued by volunteers who drove a bus into the flood waters to pick them up. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

By RAMON ESPINOSA, DÁNICA COTO and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Rescue crews in the Bahamas fanned out across a blasted landscape of smashed and flooded homes Wednesday, trying to reach drenched and stunned victims of Hurricane Dorian and take the full measure of the disaster. The official death toll stood at seven but was certain to rise.

A day after the most powerful hurricane on record ever to hit the country finished mauling the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, emergency workers had yet to reach some stricken areas.

“Right now there are just a lot of unknowns,” Parliament member Iram Lewis said. “We need help.”  Read more >>