Bahamas Slowly Rebuilding but Still Struggling after Hurricane Dorian

Two months after Hurricane Dorian hit the northern Bahamas, there are still areas in ruins and thousands of people have been forced from their homes. Rebuilding has begun but it is a slow process.

Rubble and debris off the main road on Grand Bahama after flooding caused by Hurricane Dorian (source NPR).

Hurricane Dorian made landfall on September 1st as a Category 5 hurricane with wind gusts of up to 220 miles per hour. It was the worst hurricane ever recorded to hit the Bahamas. The slow moving storm stalled over Grand Bahama for more than a day. The east side of the island was under water and a number of oil tanks were damaged, spilling 5 million gallons of fuel. Hurricane Dorian left Abaco and parts of Grand Bahama without electricity, running water, banks, gas stations and grocery stores.

Although there is still damage, the situation has stabilized in the Abaco islands due to support from volunteers all around the world. Bahamian Defense Force ships are bringing in heavy equipment and supplies. Jamaican soldiers are helping to rebuild the Central Abaco Primary School. International teams of volunteers have flown in to help, with the priority right now to pick up all the rubble. World Central Kitchen is providing meals to about 70 locations across Abaco.

Read more at NPR.

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