Many rebuilding from scratch

The battered islands in The Bahamas are fighting earnestly to get back to normalcy, but the road to recovery will not be an easy one.

Some residents estimate it will take years before Grand Bahama and The Abaco Islands can regain full function in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Before the Category 5 hurricane made a direct hit, over 80 000 people lived on the sister islands, but that number has dropped significantly.

The official death toll of 50 is expected to rise in the coming days, as police and soldiers continue to search for bodies.

In Freeport, the sight was horrific. Forty-foot containers and fishing boats were tossed onto the main roads, while the scent of death – humans and animals – filled the air.

Those who survived were busy trying to buy basic necessities.

The entire island of Grand Bahama is still without power and water, with no answers as to when they will be restored.

But residents like Salathiel McBride are trying to pick up the pieces.


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