Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. It’s been about two weeks since the brutal Hurricane Dorian tore through the northern Bahamas, after pummeling the island nation for days with sustained winds reaching 185 mph. The Category 5 storm hit the eastern Abacos and stalled for some 30 hours over Grand Bahama island after smashing the islands immediately to the east. The official death toll has reached 50, but hundreds are still missing, and search and rescue teams continue to comb through large areas of wreckage. Thousands of residents evacuated in the days following the storm, but many remain on the hurricane hit islands of the Abacos and Grand Bahama. Local agencies are working with NGOs, foreign governments, and also cruise and travel corporations to provide food, water, medical aid and supplies to those still in need. The true death toll is unknown, but news sources in the Bahamas suggested that it may exceed 1,000. There are currently 1,300 people missing. Dorian is by far the costliest disaster in Bahamian history, estimated to have left behind an exceptional $7 billion in property damage.These images from the past 10 days across the Bahamas, show a country still reeling from disaster.
Scott Mc Kiernan, Founder & CEO, ZUMA Press