The struggle to start a new life in a Bahamas devastated by the strongest hurricane on record begins for the traumatized citizens
Randy Nagy, center, talks with firefighters arriving from the city of Miami to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian while his wife Silvia, 63, goes out the door of his destroyed house in Pelican Point, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. The American couple retired to Pelican Point, Bahamas 3 years ago, had been traveling to the Bahamas for years and had lived through several storms, including Hurricane Francis. They never imagined that their lives 'work would be destroyed in an instant with the passing of Hurricane Dorian.
Some sat in hotel lobbies as they debated their next steps. Others were bused to shelters jammed to capacity. Some got rides from friends or family who offered a temporary place to stay on New Providence, an island of some 13,000 residents that has never seen so many people arrive on its shores in recent history.
“We don’t know where we’re going to stay,” she said. “We don’t know.”
The government has estimated that up to 10,000 people from the Abaco islands alone, including Treasure Cay, will need food, water and temporary housing as officials consider setting up tent or container cities while they clear the country’s ravaged northern region of debris so people can eventually return.
“Home will always be home,” she said. “Every day you wish you could go back.”
“You try to keep your hopes up, but …,” she added, her voice trailing off as she shook her head.
Also flying to Florida was 41-year-old Shaneka Russell, who owned Smacky’s Takeaway, a takeout restaurant known for its cracked conch that opened in 2005 and was named after the noises her son made as a baby. Russell’s mother once ran the place, which was destroyed by Dorian.
Members of the Gainesville, Florida, fire department were checking the ruins of The Mudd, the Bahamas’ largest Haitian immigrant community on Great Abaco.
“There are still more bodies,” said Genoise Arnold, a resident of The Mudd, who knew of at least three neighbours killed during the storm.
The huge debris piles left by the storm are challenging for search and recovery teams, which cannot use bulldozers or other heavy equipment to search for the dead. That makes recovery and identification a slow process.
“I don’t want to see the Bahamas for a while. It’s stressful,” she said. “I want to go to America. …This is a new chapter. I’ve ripped all the pages out. Just give me a new book to fill out.”Read more: The Globe and Mail
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