- A black market for everyday items like bread has developed in the Bahamas due to food shortages in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, according to a report by CNN.
- An estimated 17% of Bahamians are now homeless, CNN said, with UN figures stating a total of 76,000 people on the islands are currently in need of urgent support.
- Aid organisations have reported difficulty in delivering packages to residents as a result of damage caused to infrastructure on the island by the storm.
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A black market for everyday items like bread has developed in the Bahamas due to food shortages in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, according to a report by CNN.
“There’s a black market for bread now and every little item that… we all take for granted,” CNN reporter Patrick Oppmann said in a report published by the network.
He added that many residents live in fear of eating spoiled food “because so many markets lost their generators.”
“So many people here are living in homes that are not suitable to be lived in here in Freeport and in Grand Abaco,” he added.
An estimated 17% of all Bahamians are now left homeless according to the report, with the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama among the two hardest hit islands in the country.
The UN’s initial assessment indicates that some 76,000 people are currently in need of urgent support. The Bahamas has a population of just under 400,000 people.
Aid organisations have reported difficulty in delivering aid to residents affected by the storm due to the destruction of infrastructure on the islands.
“Anywhere we could put a warehouse has been destroyed by flood waters and may not be safe for storing supplies,” Christy Delafield from the aid group Mercy Corps told NPR on Monday.
The official death toll according to the Royal Bahamas Police stands at 50 as of Sunday night, although many on the ground believe the number of dead is much higher, and say it could eventually reach into the thousands.