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Hurricane Dorian – Bahamas say final death toll will be ‘staggering as thousands are still missing after 225 – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk

Hurricane Dorian – Bahamas say final death toll will be ‘staggering as thousands are still missing after 225 – The Sun, Thesun.co.uk


HURRICANE Dorian’s final death toll will be “staggering” officials in the Bahamas fear with thousands still listed as missing.

The 225 mph monster storm effectively parked itself the archipelago’s Abaco Islands earlier this week bringing near-total devastation.

 Homes left flattened by 225mph Hurricane Dorian are seen on Abaco, Bahamas

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Homes left flattened by 225 mph Hurricane Dorian are seen on Abaco, BahamasCredit: AP: Associated Press

 A woman comforts a sobbing man whose eight relatives are missing

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A woman comforts a sobbing man whose eight relatives are missingCredit: AP: Associated Press

 A boat stranded on land in the wake of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas

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A boat stranded on land in the wake of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, BahamasCredit: Reuters

The death toll officially sits at 30 but officials expected that to rise dramatically over the coming days.

Last night Health Minister Duane Sands warned of a “staggering” final number.

“The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering,” he told local radio.

On social media thousands are still listed as missing as British and American rescue teams hunt through the rubble for survivors.

People are also using websites such as DorianPeopleSearch.com, which currently lists the names of more than 5, 500 missing people.

THOUSANDS MISSING

Speaking to the Daily Beast, the site’s founder Vanessa Pritchard-Ansell said: “When you see that somebody has been found and their family knows where they are, you feel a moment of elation.”

“But you also know that there are so many thousands of others who have not been accounted for.”

In grim development officials in the Bahamas have deployed a team of morticians loaded with body bags to the Abaco Islands,the BBC reports.

Chilling pictures taken there over the past 36 hours show the catastrophic damage caused to thousands of homes.

The wooden-built properties were completely shredded as the mega-storm bulldozed towns and villages, ripping up trees and felling power lines.

Dorian left a trail of destruction in its wake with thousands feared deadCredit: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2019 This image may be used for current news purposes only. It m

 At least 30 people are reported to have died in the shocking mega-storm

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At least 30 people are reported to have died in the shocking mega-stormCredit: AP: Associated Press

 Hurricane Dorian tore buildings in the Bahamas apart with its 225mph winds

Hurricane Dorian tore buildings in the Bahamas apart with its 225 mph windsCredit: EPA

 Two friend cry and hug as they find each other in the aftermath of Dorian

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Two friend cry and hug as they find each other in the aftermath of DorianCredit: AP: Associated Press

 People shelter inside a church after their homes were destroyed by Dorian

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People shelter inside a church after their homes were destroyed by DorianCredit: AFP or licensors

 Boats are piled where they were hurled by the storm in Great Abaco, Bahamas

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Boats are piled where they were hurled by the storm in Great Abaco, BahamasCredit: AFP or licensors

 Huge areas are still flooded after the deadly storm ravaged the Bahamas

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Huge areas are still flooded after the deadly storm ravaged the BahamasCredit: EPA

 Marsh Harbour in The Bahamas before and after the deadly storm

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Marsh Harbor in The Bahamas before and after the deadly stormCredit: AP: Associated Press

 Turtle Cay in The Bahamas before and after being devastated by Dorian

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Turtle Cay in The Bahamas before and after being devastated by DorianCredit: EPA

 A looted supermarket in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas

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A looted supermarket in Marsh Harbor, Bahamas

 A destroyed boat is seen at a marina after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas

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A destroyed boat is seen at a marina after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbor, Bahamas

The storm’s punishing windsand shocking floodwaters destroyed or severely damaged homes, crippled hospitals and trapped people in attics.

Terrifying time-lapse footage has now emerged which shows the killer storm barrelling across the Atlantic and over the Bahamas before heading towards the US coast.

Mark Lowcock, the United Nations’ under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, estimates about 70, 000 people in the northern Bahamas now need vital help.

However, with no functioning water systems in accessible areas, workers had not been able to establish a permanent rescue site on the Abacos.

How hurricanes are measured

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.

  • A Category 1 storm has sustained winds of 74 – (mph)
  • A Category 2 storm has sustained winds of 96 – (mph)
  • A Category 3 storm has sustained winds of 111 – 129 MPH
  • A Category 4 storm has sustained winds of 130 – (mph)
  • A Category 5 storm has sustained winds of 156 MPH

Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief group and flew over the Bahamas’ hard-hit Abaco Islands, said: “It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic.

“It’s not rebuilding something that was there – we have to start again.”

She said her representative on Abaco told her there were “a lot more dead,” though she had no numbers as bodies are being gathered.

The Bahamas’ prime minister also expected more deaths and predicted that rebuilding would require “a massive, coordinated effort”.

Hubert Minnis said: “We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country history. No effort or resources will be held back.”

BRITS LENDING HAND

Volunteers from British disaster response charity Team Rubicon UK are in the Bahamas to help some of the 76, 000 people worst affected by Dorian.

They will use their specialist military backgrounds to get aid to the most cut-off communities.

Paul Taylor, Team Rubicon UK Operations Response Manager and an Afghanistan veteran, said: “Where Team Rubicon UK can help, we will – but we need support from the public to do so, so we’d appreciate if people could spare a few pounds. ”

Earlier five Coast Guard helicopters ran near-hourly flights to the stricken Abaco, flying more than 20 injured people to the capital’s main hospital.

The British Royal navy is also rushing in aid, while the UK Government sent in a team of humanitarian experts to offer their help.

 Brit servicemen unload emergency supplies for locals in Great Abaco

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Brit servicemen unload emergency supplies for locals in Great AbacoCredit: EPA

 Brit servicemen provide medical treatment to one man after Hurricane Dorian

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Brit servicemen provide medical treatment to one man after Hurricane DorianCredit: PA: Press Association

 Brit members of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief team work with a Bahamian soldier

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Brit members of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief team work with a Bahamian soldierCredit: UK MOD

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A few private aid groups also tried to reach the battered islands in the northern Bahamas.

Tammy Mitchell of the Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency told ZNS Bahamas radio station: “We don’t want people thinking we’ve forgotten them. … We know what your conditions are.”

But with airports flooded and roads impassable, desperate rescue efforts are being severely hampered.

Locals rescued used jet skis and bulldozers as they were forced to improvise to reach those trapped.

The news is sure to send shivers down the spines of those hunkering down in the US.

Dorian sideswiped the Carolinas with shrieking winds, tornadoes and sideways rain on Thursday as it closed in for a possible direct hit on the dangerously exposed Outer Banks.

At least four deaths in the Southeast were blamed on the storm.

 The streets of Charleston, South Carolina were like a ghost town yesterday

The streets of Charleston, South Carolina were like a ghost town yesterdayCredit: AFP or licensors

 Power lines spark in flood water in Charleston, South Carolina

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Power lines spark in flood water in Charleston , South CarolinaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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Kelsey Myers looks at an overturned tree in her front yard in Summerville, South CarolinaCredit: AP: Associated Press

 The storm wrecked Summerville High Schools football field in South Carolina

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The storm wrecked Summerville High Schools football field in South CarolinaCredit: AP: Associated Press

Twisters spun off by Dorian peeled away roofs and flipped trailers, and more than 250, 000 homes and businesses were left without power as the hurricane pushed north along the coastline, its winds weakening to 105 mph by evening.

Trees and power lines littered flooded streets in Charleston’s historic downtown. Gusts topped 80 mph in some areas.

The damage from the same storm that mauled the Bahamas was mercifully light in many parts of South Carolina and Georgia as well, and by mid-afternoon many of the 1.5 million people who had been told to evacuate in three states were allowed to return.

Still, forecasters warned that Dorian could run straight over North Carolina’s Outer Banks the thin line of islands that stick out from the US coast.

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To the north, Virginia was also in harm’s way, and a round of evacuations was ordered there.

“We have a long night ahead of us. Everyone needs to stay in a safe place and off the roads until the storm passes,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

(The Category 2 vortex) began creeping up the shore95 miles off Cape Canaveral on Tuesday.

In Florida,Walt Disney World closed its four theme parksby mid-afternoon on Tuesday amid fears for tourist safety.

Hurricane Dorian – Bahamas video shows families saved from raging torrents as at least five are killed by (mph storm)

 Tens of thousands now need vital help in the north of the Bahamas

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Tens of thousands now need vital help in the north of the BahamasCredit: AP: Associated Press

 Aerial photos show the debris and destruction left in the wake of the hurricane

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Aerial photos show the debris and destruction left in the wake of the hurricaneCredit: AFP

 Aerial shots show the devastation caused to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas

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Aerial shots show the devasta tion caused to the Abaco Islands in the BahamasCredit: Reuters

 Homes have been destroyed by Hurricane Dorian

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Homes have been destroyed by Hurricane DorianCredit: Reuters

 Matthew Aylen is rescued from a flooded home in Freeport, Bahamas

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Matthew Aylen is rescued from a flooded home in Freeport, BahamasCredit: AP: Associated Press

 The Bahamas PM called it 'one of the greatest national crises in our country's history'

The Bahamas PM called it ‘one of the greatest national crises in our country history’

 The death toll of 30 is still expected to rise in the Bahamas

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The death toll of 30 is still expected to rise in the BahamasCredit: Reuters

 Mobile homes are upended and debris is strewn about at the Holiday Trav-l Park in North Carolina

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Mobile homes are upended and debris is strewn about at the Holiday Trav-l Park in North CarolinaCredit: AP: Associated Press

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