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Cruise lines contribute as survivors mull next steps

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Cruise lines contribute as survivors mull next steps

Cruise lines contribute as survivors mull next steps

Relief efforts are accelerating as residents assess the complete devastation of Freeport and Abaco Islands in the Bahamas.

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Cruise lines contribute as survivors mull next steps

Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas say that they don't know how long it will take for Freeport, Great Abaco and other areas to recover from the Category 5 storm.

Patrik Dahlgren, the senior vice president for global marine operations with Celebrity Cruises, says the cruise line is using all of the resources at its disposal to deliver relief supplies to Freeport, including 10,000 meals.

By Sunday, a week after one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record plowed into the archipelago nation of 400,000 people, the capital city faced a wave of thousands of evacuees fleeing hard-hit areas including Marsh Harbour in the Abacos, where some 90% of the infrastructure is damaged or destroyed.

Great Abaco is littered with mounds of unused construction materials, waterlogged notebooks and Bibles, stained piles of tattered clothes, single shoes, overturned bath tubs and rotting mattresses.

Dead cats and dogs are strewn throughout the wreckage while some stray animals are digging through the garbage for food and have taken up residence on the porches of destroyed homes.

Bahamian officials are still pulling bodies from the wreckage across the island and acknowledge that the current official death toll of 43 is likely to rise.

Some 70,000 people are in need of food and shelter, according to a United Nations World Food Programme estimate.




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