Kata Rocks
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


2,500 unaccounted for in hurricane-hit Bahamas: official

2,500 unaccounted for in hurricane-hit Bahamas: official

BAHAMAS: About 2,500 people are unaccounted for in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, the archipelago’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said yesterday (Sept 11).

disasters
By AFP

Thursday 12 September 2019, 10:51AM


NEMA spokesman Carl Smith told reporters that some of the missing people may eventually be located.

“At this point, there are approximately 2,500 individuals registered on the Bahamian government register (of missing people),” Smith said.

“This list has not yet been checked against government records of who is staying in shelters or who have been evacuated,”he said.

“Some individuals who have been evacuated from Abaco and Grand Bahama have not yet registered with social services,” Smith said. “As we are able to cross-reference our data sets, we will be able to inform family members and reunite survivors with loved ones.”

Approximately 76,000 people were affected by Dorian, the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said, citing official reports. Of these, thousands have been evacuated and about 860 are in emergency shelters in the capital city of Nassau.

At least 50 people died in the hurricane, which slammed into the northern Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, and officials have said they expect the number to rise significantly.

“We’re not going to speculate on what the final numbers will be,” Smith said. “We understand that people are concerned and so are we.”

The NEMA spokesman said more than 5,500 people have been evacuated so far from the northern Bahamas islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, which were devastated by the storm.

He said that over the past day or so there had been a “significant reduction”, however, in the numbers of people seeking to leave.

QSI International School Phuket

“Everybody left and they shouldn’t have left. Unfortunately, because we need many hands here to work,” said Rhonda Hull, a lawyer, standing near the water's edge and its shredded palm trees.

“But people will come back.”

With a truck on its side behind him, Irvin Russell said he loves “his island” and has to stay to see it rebuilt.

“This is just a bump in the road. It’s a big one, but Abaconians they are fighters, they will rebuild,” he said.

Smith said that permission was being given to resume commercial flights to Abaco on a “limited basis”, but priority would be given to relief and evacuation flights.

The NEMA spokesman said Abaco’s power grid had suffered extensive damage.

“Marsh Harbour power station was completely destroyed,” he said of the largest town on the island of more than 15,000 people.

An official with Bahamas Power and Light Ltd said electricity to the south of Abaco could be restored in about three weeks but it may be a few months before the rest of the island gets power.

Dorian likely caused between $3.5 and $6.5 billion in insured damages in the Caribbean, most notably in the Bahamas, California-based risk modelling and analytics firm RMS said on Monday.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Royal Rainmakers show Phuket’s reservoirs from the sky, to continue efforts

The estimated little to moderate rainfall over Phuket is just West Monsoon rainfall. It is the wet s...(Read More)


Royal Rainmakers show Phuket’s reservoirs from the sky, to continue efforts

That whole rain-making attempt above Phuket is a big joke. 1: The air above Phuket is to 'salty...(Read More)


Home where doomed ‘pretty’ partied in spotlight

What actually is the role of 'product presenters' ( pretty boys and girls) on private partie...(Read More)


Home where doomed ‘pretty’ partied in spotlight

The product presenters, 'friends' of the lady who was found dead in lobby, looked happy and ...(Read More)


Lilly, Thailand's Greta Thunberg, wages ‘war’ on plastic

US citizens were just as slovenly as Thais are now. Without a concerted, effective education and ad ...(Read More)


Phuket cleanup unveils tale of two beaches

Why hasn’t Surin beach been cleaned up. It’s a disgrace and what happened to redeveloping and ...(Read More)


Phuket to hold mass cycling event to mark World Car Free Day

..due to illegal thai farmers fires. Even Chiang Mai Airport has to be closed sometimes due to thick...(Read More)


Phuket to hold mass cycling event to mark World Car Free Day

Sumatra, S'pore. Malaysia, southern Thai provinces suffer under a thick layer of SMOG due to far...(Read More)


Phuket water-supply pipeline from Phang Nga approved by Cabinet

Looks like the expert on everything can't decide for what year he want to predict a start for th...(Read More)


Woman killed as Phuket truck slams motorbike, brake failure blamed

how can you wear a black motorbike [black motorbike helmet - stupid mistake now fixed - thank you fo...(Read More)