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Collecting Hurricane Dorian’s dead in the Bahamas: ‘It’s hell everywhere’

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The blue, sun-kissed skies of the Bahamas, more usually associated with a tropical paradise, have returned, yet a glance across Marsh Harbour offers up nothing but horror – the grim aftermath of a cataclysm. 20 people have been identified as dead as a result of the passing hurricane Dorian.

“There was a big two-story building over there,” says former fire chief Norwell Gordon, gesturing, walkie-talkie in hand, to a sea of rubble punctuated by the occasional half-standing facade or twisted vestiges of an electricity pylon.

“It knocked off the top of this,” Gordon adds, pointing to another concrete building reduced to little more than its front entrance and ground floor walls.

In the desolation left after Hurricane Dorian carved a murderous path across the northern Bahamas, six men dressed in immaculate white overalls zip a corpse into a body bag.

Hands and face protected by latex gloves and masks, they hoist their grim discovery onto an old flatbed truck alongside other victims, hopping on board themselves.

As far as the eye can see, buildings have been reduced to splintered wood, trees stripped of their branches. Low-lying areas stagnate under flood water as householders stack damaged sofas, cupboards and piles of clothes in their front yards.

Two young men frantically pull suitcases on wheels as if trying to outrun ghosts, or perhaps in search of them.

The death toll appears mercifully low set against the destruction visible in every direction, but Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis expects the number to rise.

Much of Great Abaco island remains inundated, making emergency access difficult. Hundreds of boats — smaller dinghies and large trawlers — lie on their sides or flipped like pancakes onto their decks, supine and abandoned to their fate by the receding ocean.

Powerful gusts of wind have twisted away the pillars holding up a gas station roof, as if they were chicken wire.

The awning has been blown a few dozen yards (meters) away and fuel pumps ripped from the bitumen lie scattered like dominos.

The few vehicles spared by the hurricane ply roadways cleared of cinder block fragments, sheets of corrugated iron, branches and palm fronds.

Some householders have collected their belongings and piled them into pick-ups in search of safer shelter.

Severed power lines dangle forlornly, although the chances that any of them are still live seem distant. It will take months to recover and probably years to restore the island to anything approaching normality.

“We need to get out of here, man,” says Brian Harvey, a Canadian trapped in the Bahamas by the hurricane and desperate for a place on a helicopter.

After Dorian struck, he found refuge in a relatively unaffected house, along with other survivors.

“It’s a mess but at least we have a generator that we open every three hours so we can have electricity and keep our food in the fridge and eat and everything,” Harvey tells AFP.

“We’re the lucky ones, but it’s hell everywhere.”

 

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