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How To Help Hurricane Dorian Survivors In The Bahamas


This message comes from NPR sponsor xfinity. Some things are slow like a snail races. Other things are fast like Xfinity X. by get get fast speeds. Even when everyone is online working to make WIFI simple easy awesome more at xfinity dot com restrictions apply in the capital city of the Bahamas Nassau authorities are trying to find beds enough beds for thousands of people who were forced to evacuate because of Hurricane Dorian. They're struggling to to accommodate so many who have been left with so little here's NPR's Jason Bobi and from NASA many Johnson lived her entire life Monaco island. She left more harbor by boat on Saturday with six of her family members her clothes and nothing else I deal the nine and is that I never seen anything like the house risk standing dock and later was gone and now she's sleeping on a thin mat on the floor and a salvation army shelter in the capital. Johnson is one of thousands of hurricane. Doreen evacuees trying trying to figure out how we're going to rebuild their lives. She says she doesn't expect she'll ever go back to marsh harbour. She thinks her family can find an apartment here Nassau. If you could get something city nobody's over there for me anymore me and make it my grandkids my daughter-in-law and my son's everybody trying trying to site in mind whether they didn't see here on what will begin to. There's right now. We need some his ago and she's not alone. Her daughter-in-law Minutia Johnson says the family isn't really even sure where to begin to start with. They've got no money. The only thing I end up with is making it on nothing. The documents not even a dollar so I can't really say the behalf or even though I do find a job. It could take a while for me to read apartment. You gotta pay. I laugh so I can be harmful. According to the naming government roughly five thousand survivors of Hurricane Doria and have been evacuated to Nassau all there's went into neighboring islands or to the United States. This Salvation Army shelter is small with space for only thirty people. It opened over the weekend and filled to capacity. We can't take anymore because the space is so small clearer. mackey is a retired employee of the Bahamas Department of Social Services. She got called back in to help. Run this shelter or the Salvation Army to help happen to anyone. It could be my family my family to another family. I live on on one of these days. A hurricane may pasta every able to want someone to help them. mackey says the evacuees have all the basics that they need here showers toilets food and a place to sleep leap volunteers abroad in bags of donated clothes mackey liked. The residence says she has no idea how long people are going to stay right now. She's working on short-term. short-term problems like getting cots so they don't have to sleep on the floor. The spokesperson for the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency Carl Smith says the government is aware aware that several shelters are already full as the neater is the you will open other shelters so as the need arise they will be made available. There's been criticism awesome. The local media that the humanitarian response has been uncoordinated and too slow some people who can't find friends and loved one say. It's unclear how to even track them down. At yesterday's press. Briefing Smith was asked repeatedly how many are still unaccounted for and he was unable to provide a number he also said the government's relief response is not moving too slowly. We are dealing with a disaster. It takes time to move through the chaos. We are responding to the needs. There are lots of food and supplies on the ground. Regardless of whether things are moving too slowly or not. It's clear that a lot of people are going to need a a lot of assistance for a long time and the big question is will the government have the resources and the stamina to deliver that aid Jason Bobi n._p._R. News Nassau the Bahamas.

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