The Bahamas was struck by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, from 1-3 September. 44 people have died in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, but this number is expected to rise thousands of citizens remain missing as search and rescue operations continue.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), there were over 4,800 evacuees in New Providence and 1,650 remain in shelters
Abaco Islands are the most severely affected. Initial assessments showed thousands of houses levelled, telecommunications towers down, and water wells and roads damaged. There is very limited or no water, electricity and sanitation.
In Grand Bahama, the central and eastern parts are the most impacted, with several homes damaged between Freetown and Deep Water Cay. Satellite data suggests that 76-100 per cent of buildings analyzed near Central and Eastern Grand Bahama have been destroyed.
As the situation remains fluid due to evacuations, regular assessments are required. Preliminary assessments confirm that water, sanitation, health and food are priority needs.
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