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Bahamas death toll tops 50, survivors await aid

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/10/19, 11:35 am

“The clock is ticking” for survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the shattered northern Bahamas, said Youssouf Abdel-Jelil with the United Nations Children’s Fund. He added that residents desperately need clean drinking water, as boats, planes, and helicopters attempt to deliver water, food, and medicine. But mounds of sand, ceiling tiles, furniture, and broken palm trees cover many island roads, slowing the flow of supplies. The storm demolished the homes of about 70,000 people.

Can survivors come to the United States? More than 100 Bahamians trying to flee to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday were told to get off a ferry because they didn’t have visas. The ferry company, Balearia Caribbean, failed to comply with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection request and coordinate with the U.S. and Bahamian governments to prescreen passengers before departing Freeport. President Donald Trump indicated Monday he didn’t intend to waive visa requirements for hurricane victims with relatives in the United States despite requests from Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida.

Dig deeper: Read Laura G. Singleton’s report for WORLD Magazine on recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Thu, 09/12/2019 06:18 pm

    Am I reading this right? People displaced from the Bahamas CANNOT come to the US if they have a relative here, but don't have a Visa? What kind of nation are we, that we can't grant them a place to stay? I suppose if my house was destroyed in a hurricane, I might not have all the proper paperwork either.