Devastation in Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

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"While the country grieves the devastation Hurricane Dorian brought upon two of the most northern islands, Grand Bahama and The Abacos, there is a silver lining".

Dorian struck the United States coastline as a Category 2 hurricane, causing widespread flooding and power outages along the Carolinas - and later knocking out power to more than 500,000 in eastern Canada.

"My friends are missing, a few of my cousins are missing over there, five in total, they lived in Marsh Harbour", said Clara Bain, a 38-year-old tour guide, referring to the Abaco town where officials estimate that 90% of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed by the storm. 'Any of the things you would normally do in a response are going to be 10 times harder because the systems that support them do not exist anymore'.

Bahamian officials said on Wednesday that 2,500 people have been registered as missing in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Dorian but cautioned the full list of missing has not been checked to see if any of those people are in shelters.

"This list has not yet been checked against government records of who are staying in shelters or who have been evacuated", National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) spokesman Carl Smith told a press conference. Houses are flattened and heaps of rubble are spread over a wide area.

Washington Post: "Pentagon's involvement in Hurricane Dorian relief effort in the Bahamas expected to remain small" - "A week after Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas with Category 5 strength, the Pentagon's involvement in the relief effort is expected to remain relatively small, with no senior commander deployed on the ground and Navy ships barely involved".

On September 8, USAID DART Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue teams conducted aerial and ground search & rescue operation in the hard-hit cays surrounding Abaco. "USAID, the lead agency for global disaster response, has a team of 89 people, including 57 search and rescue personnel, in addition to supplying more than 47 metric tons to help an estimated 44,000 people", the embassy's press release said.

Large areas were devastated on the Abacos and on Grand Bahama.

Dorey Scheimer produced this show for broadcast.