These shocking aerial photographs reveal the full extent of Dorian's trail of destruction after the category 5 hurricane parts of the Bahamas had decimated & # 39 ;, where 70,000 & # 39; life-saving help & # 39; and at least 30 deaths.
The satellite images from before and after the storm show how large parts of the island chain have been flattened in what Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said & # 39; one of the biggest national crises in our country's history & # 39; used to be.
Minnis said that some areas were & # 39; decimated & # 39; after the hurricane hit the island chain on Sunday and remained above Abaco and Grand Bahama for the next two days while 185 km / h winds and torrential rains destroyed countless communities.
An enormous international relief effort went up on Thursday as the extent of the damage that Dorian has done is coming through satellite images and harrowing accounts of survivors.
Head of an aid group in Abacos, Lia Head-Rigby, called the situation & # 39; apocalyptic & # 39; and added: & # 39; It is total destruction. It is decimated. & # 39;
Alicia Cook, who was evacuated, said: “There is nothing left in most of Marsh Harbor. People are starting to panic: looting, looting, it is simply not possible that everyone will come out. & # 39;
An enormous international relief campaign started on Thursday when the extent of the damage that Dorian caused is shown via satellite images, such as those above from Marsh Harbor on the island of Great Abaco
Dorian struck the island chain as a catastrophic category 5 storm on Sunday and stood over Abaco and Grand Bahama for the next two days when 185 mph winds and torrential rain destroyed numerous communities. Shown is a close-up of Green Turtle Cay before and after the hurricane
The devastation caused by Dorian came into view on Thursday when the storm passed revealed a muddy, debris-strewn landscape of destroyed and flooded homes on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Marinas and houses on Marsh Harbor are shown before and after
& # 39; All main buildings, gone. It's gone. Everything is gone & # 39 ;, Robert Cornea, who has been living in Abaco with his wife Phyllis for more than 50 years, told CBS News.
The couple have been homeless since Sunday.
& # 39; Take a picture of me, because it's all I have left that you see me in, & # 39; Phyllis Cornea said from the wreck of her house. & # 39; I have been in these four days. & # 39;
On Wednesday, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said that around 70,000 people need immediate life-saving assistance, and added that the most urgent needs are water, food, shelter and housing.
& # 39; This is our Katrina moment & # 39 ;, said Bahamian health minister Duane Sands Thursday.
While the death toll rose to 30, Sands said the official count could surprise & # 39 ;.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said that Dorian was the & # 39; generation-devastation & # 39; left and asked for prayers for the thousands of affected families.
The Bahamian government sent hundreds of police officers and marines to the affected islands, along with doctors, nurses and other health workers, in an effort to reach drenched and bewildered victims and hit the full extent of the disaster. Green Turtle Cay before and after the hurricane is shown
The US Coast Guard, the Royal Navy of Great Britain and aid organizations, including the United Nations and the Red Cross, participated in the fast-growing effort to bring food and medicine to survivors and to bring the most desperate people to safety by helicopter. The US government also sent urban search and rescue teams. Northwestern Marsh Harbor is pictured before and after
The storm hit the Bahamas with Category 5 winds up to 185 mph (295 km / h) and torrential rains, swampy neighborhoods in brown flood water and devastated or severely devastated, according to an estimate, nearly half of the homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama, which has 70,000 inhabitants and are known for their marinas, golf courses and all-inclusive resorts. Northern Marsh Harbor is shown before and after
President Donald Trump also expressed his condolences and said that the United States will provide all appropriate support to the people of the Bahamas during the Bahamian government's response to Hurricane Dorian. Marsh Harbor is shown before and after
An unknown number of people were locked up in their homes and waited for help when the storm passed and days later. Leonard Thompson international airport pictured before and after the storm
Half of the homes in the Bahamas were destroyed or severely damaged, resulting in the loss of a total of $ 7 billion in insured and uninsured property, according to a Thursday's estimate of catastrophe modeling Karen Clark & Co.
The Bahamian government sent hundreds of police and marines to the affected islands, along with doctors, nurses and other health workers.
The US Coast Guard, the British Navy and aid organizations, including the UN and the Red Cross, participated in the burgeoning effort to bring food and medicine to survivors and to bring the most desperate people to safety by helicopter.
UN chief Lowcock said he told Prime Minister Hubert Minnis that he immediately released $ 1 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to address these priorities, as well as for medical supplies and services for Grand Bahama.
He said the United Nations began collecting data on Wednesday with officials in the & # 39; region so we really understand where the most vulnerable people are and what their precise needs are. & # 39;
President Donald Trump also expressed his condolences and said that the United States will provide all appropriate support to the people of the Bahamas during the Bahamian government's response to Hurricane Dorian.
Aliana Alexis, from Haiti, is Thursday in the wreck of her house in a slum called The Mudd in Marsh Harbor on Great Abaco Island
On Wednesday, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said that about 70,000 people immediately need life-saving assistance, and added that the most urgent needs are water, food, shelter and housing
Half of the homes in the Bahamas were destroyed or severely damaged, resulting in the loss of a total of $ 7 billion in insured and uninsured property, according to a Thursday's estimate of catastrophe modellers Karen Clark & Co
Catastrophic flooding in the Marsh Harbor community on Great Abaco Island can be seen from above on Thursday
Rescue workers are recovering the body of a victim of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco Island on Thursday
On Thursday boats are seen across Marsh Harbor on Grand Abaco Island
A helicopter is seen taking off from Marsh Harbor Healthcare Center while rescue teams continue to search for survivors
Officials work to evacuate people to the capital in Nassau, but their efforts are complicated by flooded runways at regional airports such as those above in Marsh Harbor
An unknown number of people were locked up in their homes and waited for help when the storm passed and days later.
& # 39; Nobody comes to get them, & # 39; told AP, Cardot Ked, a 43-year-old carpenter from Haiti who lived in Abaco for 25 years. & # 39; If we can reach the next island, that is the best thing we can do. & # 39;
Sylvia Cottis, 89, was in her house in an Abaco beach club when the wind blew out the so-called hurricane-resistant windows and turned the glass into a razor-sharp shrapnel that opened a wide cut on her knee.
For the next five days, Cottis and her caregiver, 58-year-old Kathryn Cartwright, were locked up in the house waiting for help as the circumstances worsened.
Cottis spent the days in her wheelchair and the nights in a metal lounger surrounded by wet possessions and sewage from a septic tank that flooded with flood water and flooded her home.
The two women heard helicopters above them and cars passed, but the weather and the huge floods prevented any help.
Cartwright stayed with Cottis despite worrying about her own son and daughter, whom she hadn't heard since the storm struck.
& # 39; I can't leave her here too long, & # 39; Cartwright told AP in a tearful interview from the destroyed house.
On Wednesday, help finally arrived when her neighbor Ben Allen and his friend opened the jammed front door with a screwdriver to check Cottis and Cartwright.
By that time, the cut on Cottis & # 39; leg was infected and swollen.
Allen, a 40-year-old construction worker and maintenance man, loaded Cottis in his minibus and took her for medical help.
Sissel Mosvold, left, embraces a volunteer who helped rescue her mother from her home, flooded by the waters of Hurricane Dorian, on the outskirts of Freeport, Bahamas. Virginia Mosvold, on the right, is taken from a truck by volunteers
A survivor walks through flooded land and leaves abandoned cars in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island
The usual idyllic beach fronts of the Bahamas & white painted buildings – such as the hotel above – were destroyed by the hurricane
A family, including four children, is waiting for relief supplies to arrive in Great Abaco, while the Bahamas are battered by Dorian
People are waiting for relief supplies to arrive at Treasure Cay Airport after Hurricane Dorian
They watched in horror as the minibus rushed past broken cell towers, shredded power lines, trees were stripped of their leaves, boats were thrown 30 to 40 feet on buildings, and metal shutters were torn from their window frames and hurled to shops.
& # 39; Abaco no longer exists, & # 39; Allen said to AP. Exactly a week ago it was & # 39; the most beautiful place you wanted to be & # 39 ;, he said.
During the ride, Cartwright pointed to companies she knew and houses that once belonged to her friends. Then she fell silent. & # 39; Oh, my dad, look at everything. & # 39;
Cartwright, still busy with her children, said: & # 39; I just want to see my son tonight. & # 39;
At that moment the van drove through a puddle of water and a car that came the other way slowed down the dual carriageway. Cartwright suddenly shouted: & # 39; That's my son! That's my son! & # 39;
She stormed out of the car and slapped 29-year-old naval welder and father of two in her arms as she cried. Until then, she had not known if he was alive.
Her son, Carlton Nixon, told her that & # 39; the baby & # 39; s are okay & # 39; but that his daughter had to be removed from Abaco.
As they hugged and talked, cars piled up on both sides and drivers honked. Cartwright and her son made plans to see each other later and went their own way.
The beaten up van went on to Marsh Harbor Healthcare Center, where Cottis was admitted for treatment.
Hundreds of people now live temporarily in the center, the main hospital on the island.
Small children played outside in the midst of coils of knocked down power lines, while homeless families rested on the lawn of the hospital.
Inside people cram into the entrances, the corridors, the waiting room. Small children slept stretched out on sheets and rolled up sleeping bags, while toddlers in diapers stood in a portable box in the driveway of the hospital.
A woman and her children sleep in the corridor of the Marsh Harbor Medical Clinic in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian
Patients and their families crowd around at the entrance to the Marsh Harbor medical harbor in Marsh Harbor, the island of the Great Abaco
Waste including medical waste is seen at the entrance to the Marsh Harbor Medical Clinic where hundreds were housed
The death toll rose to 30 on Thursday when search and rescue teams blew out over affected communities after the water withdrew and disappeared again.
It was expected that the number of fatalities would continue to rise because long stretches still have to be investigated.
AP journalists saw a body entangled under a tree branch by twisted metal plates in The Mudd, a slum on the island of Great Abaco, where thousands of Haitian migrants lived before Dorian destroyed it.
Residents have reported that they have seen at least eight other bodies in the area.
Among those who lost a loved one in The Mudd was Benatace Pierre-Louis, 57, who collects and sells scrap metal. He said his sister-in-law died when she tried to escape the storm, but was hit by plywood.
& # 39; They are gone, but we can't do anything, & # 39; he said, adding that Bahamian immigration officials visited the Mudd for Dorian and told people to go to shelters for their safety.
Adrian Farrington said he holds the hope that his son will be found alive after the five-year-old has been swept off the roof by running water.
& # 39; I still see my son being dragged over the roof, & # 39; Farrington told CBS News.
& # 39; If he is saved, praise the Lord. But for the search, what I saw when I lost it, anything could happen. You had sharks that swam in the water. Everything can happen. & # 39;
Displaced Haitian subjects are hiding on the site of the government complex in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian
Men see items reclaiming a pile of debris that once had a house in Marsh Harbor
Hundreds of cars were smashed to pieces by the category 4 hurricane that destroyed entire communities and killed at least 30 people
A relief effort is now underway in the Bahamas following the deaths of at least 30 people and the destruction of entire communities
A house in Freeport barely survives after the roof was torn off and rubbed by rubble
Officials work to evacuate people to the capital in Nassau, but their efforts are complicated by flooded runways at Grand Bahama International Airport.
Londa Sawyer stepped out of a helicopter with her two children and two dogs after she was rescued from Marsh Harbor on Wednesday, where she said: “It looks like a bomb attack.”
She said that her house was completely submerged in water and that she and her family fled to a friend's house where the water rose up the second floor and carried them a few feet from the ceiling. She said she and her children and the dogs floated on a mattress for about half an hour until the water deteriorated.
Sawyer said there was looting, but she was not a witness of violence.
Aerial shots showed scenes of catastrophic damage, with hundreds of houses missing roofs, cars being flooded or falling, widespread flooding and boats reduced to matchwood.
The residents of the Bahamas have endured hours and days of horror, fearing for their lives and the lives of their loved ones, & # 39; said Minnis.
After leaving the Bahamas, Dorian regained its strength as it pushed the southeastern American coast like a category 3 hurricane and hit the Carolinas with tropical storms after millions of people were warned to clean up.
By Thursday morning, Dorian still had dangerous 115 km / h winds and scraped the Carolinas with the potential for more than a foot of rain in some places by Friday.
Forecasters warned of a life-threatening storm surge along the coasts. The storm was centered about 70 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and moved northward at 8 km / h.
The American mainland recorded its first hurricane death, that of an 85-year-old man in North Carolina who fell down a ladder while preparing his home for the storm. Dorian was also blamed for one death in Puerto Rico.
The satellite photo above shows Dorian's position above the Carolinas on Thursday afternoon at noon
Boats in the mostly pristine Marsh Harbor were forced into each other and crashed when the wind attacked the Bahamas.
Cars are seen stuck under a few meters of rubble hurled by the hurricane winds and rain
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis named Dorian & one of the biggest national crises in the history of our country & # 39;
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