At least 20 people were killed during Dorian hurricane's day-and-a-half ravaging of the Bahamas. The storm hit the highest-level Category 5 storm, leaving 70,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian relief, AP reported on Thursday September 5th.
"We expect that this number will increase," Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told a news conference as the scope of the destruction and humanitarian crisis was still coming into focus.
Aerial video of the worst-hit Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showed widespread devastation, with the harbour, shops and workplaces, a hospital, and airport landing strips damaged or blown to pieces, all of which is frustrating rescue efforts.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his sadness at the size of devastation and terror the hurricane caused.
"I'm deeply saddened by the lives lost and terrible destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas," Guterres wrote on Twitter.
"People who have lost everything are in desperate need of shelter, safe drinking water and food," he added, confirming that the UN will continue to support relief and recovery efforts.
Mark Lowcock, United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said in a conference call from the Bahamas that around 70,000 people needed food, shelter and medical assistance.
"There is concern that some whole communities' locations have been destroyed or are underwater or washed away," he said. "One of the uncertainties is where the people who were living there are now and how to reach them."
By late Wednesday, the power of the decreasing hurricane crept back up to Category 3 force with 115 mph (185 kph) winds and was pushing toward a brush with the Carolinas, with a direct hit on the outer banks possible. An estimated 3 million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina had been warned to evacuate, and highways leading inland were turned into one-way evacuation routes.