AT least 20 people are dead and thousands in need of assistance in The Bahamas following the passage of category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which ploughed through Great Abaco Island and Grand Bahama, downing power lines and infrastructure.

Catherine Russel is greeted by loved ones after arriving with other survivors of Hurricane Dorian from Abaco Islands at Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday in Nassau, New Providence.

Authorities expect the death toll to climb.

Bahamian Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, at a press conference held in Grand Bahama last evening, said the monster storm, packed winds that reached 185 mph, and the pounding waves, left generational devastation across Grand Bahama and Great Abaco Island.

“There have been 20 confirmed deaths, most of them on Abaco, and we expect that this number will increase… I ask you to pray for the families and the loved ones of the deceased. So many families have been deeply impacted by this devastation, including those trapped during the storm,” the Bahamian prime minister stated, following an aerial assessment of Grand Bahama yesterday.

“In this time of national crisis, I advise Bahamians and residents to get their information from trusted sources. In the social media age there is so much news that is fake, inaccurate and misleading. Do not allow ourselves to be dismayed by fake news designed to confuse you. As a people, we must stay united in a singular focus during this most difficult time. We are all working together — the Government, the churches, businesses, charities, as well as individuals — to rescue and restore Abaco and Grand Bahama,” he added.

Minnis said just about every Bahamian throughout the Caribbean country has been worried about loved ones on Grand Bahama and Abaco following the catastrophic storm, and as such should not have to also be preoccupied with reports of looting.

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