One particular week following Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, residents are nonetheless coping with the “catastrophic” harm, with far more than 70,000 men and women estimated to have been left without the need of meals and shelter.

Assistance from the international neighborhood have currently reached, but regardless of relief efforts, men and women have been nonetheless scrambling for shelter, with numerous evacuees nonetheless struggling to come across their loved ones.

On Sunday, the government mentioned that at least 44 men and women died in the devastating storm, but numbers are anticipated to rise. 

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis known as the loss of life “catastrophic and devastating”, although Wellness Minister Duane Sands mentioned the final death toll “will be staggering”.

“I lost my husband mainly because he decided to remain back residence,” Margarette Lain, a hurricane survivor in Nassau told Al Jazeera.

“From what I’ve noticed and heard almost everything is like absolutely gone, so it really is actually difficult mainly because getting there all your life, you do not know any location else but residence,” she added.

The Bahamian government says that as numerous as three,500 evacuees have arrived in the capital Nassau, most of the displaced are from the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, the locations worst impacted by the Hurricane.

“I actually thank God for life ideal now, I thank God for the US coastguard and everyone who participated, you guys, you know bringing us meals and clothing and water and stuff, ” Antoine Marrison, a hurricane survivor, told Al Jazeera.

‘We did not anticipate it’ 

Relief workers have began setting up tents, ahead of the arrival of far more evacuees, but officials are concerned that Nassau may well not be ready for the lengthy-term care of the thousands whose communities have been destroyed.

“I feel maybe Dorian was our Katrina, I know the men and women of New Orleans have been completely unprepared for Katrina and we did not anticipate it,” Chanelle Ferguson, a member of the Bahamian Parliament, told Al Jazeera.

“We have been ready in some methods but not for the magnitude, and so when these men and women come they are a bit traumatised, but what we attempt to do is make life as standard as doable,” she added.

Dorian initially struck as a Category five hurricane, but it diminished into a sturdy post-tropical cyclone. On Saturday it hit Nova Scotia in Canada, leaving far more than 370,000 men and women without the need of energy.

On Sunday, The US National Hurricane Center mentioned Dorian was centred about 600km north of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Hurricane Dorian was one particular of the most potent Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history. The destruction it left behind, is like absolutely nothing residents of the Bahamas have seasoned just before.


A residence broken following hurricane Dorian devastated Elbow Essential Island in the Bahamas [Jose Jimenez/Getty Images] 

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