Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Hurricane damage: Dorian insured damages in Caribbean as much as $6.5 bn

Hurricane damage: Dorian insured damages in Caribbean as much as $6.5 bn

When asked about an incident Sunday in which hundreds of storm survivors were prevented from boarding a ferry in the Bahamas because they lacked USA visas, Morgan said the situation was a mistake and the result of "some confusion".

The eye of Dorian primarily hit the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, the northernmost islands in the Bahamas.

On Monday, Morgan told reporters, "if your life is in jeopardy and you're in the Bahamas and you want to get to the United States, you're going to be allowed to come to the United States, whether you have travel documents or not". In case of a humanitarian emergency, the port director can waive those requirements, according to CNN.

An estimated 5,000 people had been evacuated by the Bahamas, the WFP said, citing data provided by the government. Trump has chose to hoard US resources in the face of poor black people displaced by a category 5 hurricane, which was likely exacerbated by warming ocean waters caused by our destructive energy policies - and is justifying it with the same racist dog whistles he uses against black people here at home.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Mr Trump, who has made strict immigration regulations a pillar of his presidency, said "everyone needs totally proper documentation".

Trump defends prohibiting some people from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas from entering the United States because he doesn't want "very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very very bad drug dealers" here.

"If they didn't have IDs, they would have to go to a very lengthy process", the spokesperson said, adding that it was the decision of the boat company to remove some of the passengers. Do you really think these people were anxious about saving pieces of paper so they can leave?

Some reported family members still missing, and said they witnessed friends and neighbors drown in the storm surge.

"We've already processed people that have travel documents and don't have travel documents", Morgan said.

Hundreds of Hurricane Dorian survivors crowded into a ferry anchored in Freeport, Bahamas, on Sunday evening, after days on the sweltering islands with limited food, water and power. That brings the agency's total funding to more than $2.8 million.

Asked if they'd be sent back to the Bahamas, he said: "No, of course not".

Big Dog Ranch Rescue chose Nassau as their base of operations for this evacuation because the city's infrastructure is still intact with little damage, helping service the islands impacted by the hurricane. The morticians told CNN the difficulty in reaching the dead was slowing their work.

"The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering", Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands told a local radio station.

"There is an urgent need for critical life-saving supplies", said the top United Nations humanitarian official in The Bahamas, following the passage of Hurricane Dorian, as the government raised the death toll to 44, with many still missing. In the hardest-hit areas of Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, entire neighborhoods had been cleared out, trees and utility poles were down and boats were scattered.

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