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Bahamas: Hurricane evacuees reach Florida port on cruise ship

Bahamas, Freeport
September 09, 2019 at 10:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of Bahamian evacuees boarded a Florida-bound cruise ship in Freeport on Sunday, fleeing the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian.

The Grand Celebration Humanitarian Cruise ship offered free transportation to West Palm Beach to a number of Bahamians, while also providing food and supplies to the island.

Passenger John McKenzie recounted how he lost one cousin and his wife to the hurricane, described as a "tsunami that came to the Bahamas."

"Many people right now have nowhere to live. They live on the street. So no food, no water, no power, nothing," passenger Roeniel Tibe said.

Footage shows a meeting of two organisers of the humanitarian mission, Resolve Marine Group and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.

At least 43 people were killed after Dorian hit the Bahamas, a figure local officials expect to rise significantly as more bodies and missing people are discovered. Dorian has in the meantime moved its way up the east coast of North America, striking the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Saturday, though it was since downgraded to a post-tropical storm since it lost a clearly defined eye.

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Hundreds of Bahamian evacuees boarded a Florida-bound cruise ship in Freeport on Sunday, fleeing the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian.

The Grand Celebration Humanitarian Cruise ship offered free transportation to West Palm Beach to a number of Bahamians, while also providing food and supplies to the island.

Passenger John McKenzie recounted how he lost one cousin and his wife to the hurricane, described as a "tsunami that came to the Bahamas."

"Many people right now have nowhere to live. They live on the street. So no food, no water, no power, nothing," passenger Roeniel Tibe said.

Footage shows a meeting of two organisers of the humanitarian mission, Resolve Marine Group and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.

At least 43 people were killed after Dorian hit the Bahamas, a figure local officials expect to rise significantly as more bodies and missing people are discovered. Dorian has in the meantime moved its way up the east coast of North America, striking the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Saturday, though it was since downgraded to a post-tropical storm since it lost a clearly defined eye.

W/S Damage caused by Hurricane Dorian at Grand Bahama International Airport, Freeport

W/S Debris on airport airfield

W/S Grand Bahama International Airport sign

M/S Wrecked plane

W/S Damaged building

M/S Damaged objects

W/S Damaged boat

M/S Damaged objects

W/S Road

M/S People at port

M/S People at port

M/S View from Grand Celebration ship

M/S John McKenzie, relative of hurricane victim, on deck of ship

SOT, John McKenzie, relative of hurricane victim: "We are in a state of crisis. They can't even fix it if they want to properly right now."

C/U McKenzie *CUTAWAY*

SOT, John McKenzie, relative of hurricane victim: "My cousin died, he died, him and his wife died. His name was Will. He died, him and his wife drowned. They only been married for two months and they died, they drowned. He actually drowned trying to save her because they came in a jet ski, so he got saved on a jet ski, they came and got him but he said he got to go back for his wife. So during the second trip of him trying to go back for his wife he died. He ended up losing his life overwhelmed by the might say it's a tsunami, because that's what the flood was, it was like a tsunami that came to the Bahamas."

M/S Woman boarding ship

M/S People boarding ship

M/S People boarding ship

SOT, Marco Battistella, Italian Nassau resident (Italian): "I lost my job. For a couple of months there will be no electricity, thefts and robberies have already begun."

M/S People with luggage

M/S People on ship

SOT, Roeniel Tibe, Bahamian man: "Many people right now ain't got nowhere to live. They live on the street. So no food, no water, no power, nothing."

M/S People on ship *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Frandy Green, Bahamian man: "We don't have no water right now and no electricity and these things that we would not get right now, do you understand? And for me it's like my place is wiped out, flooded. So I had the opportunity to go over to catch myself until we get better."

C/U People *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Roeniel Tibe, Bahamian man: "You never know it's going to be like that, that bad. But it came and we was on the water but we just, God made it happen for us to be alive today."

M/S People singing on ship

M/S People singing on ship

M/S Resolve Marine Group, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line meeting

C/U Resolve Marine Group, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line meeting

M/S Resolve Marine Group, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line meeting

W/S Grand Celebration ship, West Palm Beach, Florida

M/S Grand Celebration ship

M/S Disaster relief van

M/S People

M/S Port of Palm Beach sign

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