Sep
08
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IN LAS VEGAS. AND NOW YOU KNOW. AND NOW YOU KNOW.>>>BACK TO HURRICANE DORIAN.>>>BACK TO HURRICANE DORIAN. THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE BAHAMAS CALLING IT THE GREATEST BAHAMAS CALLING IT THE GREATEST NATIONAL CRISIS IN THE COUNTRY’S NATIONAL CRISIS IN THE COUNTRY’S HISTORY. HISTORY. INCREDIBLE BEFORE AND AFTER INCREDIBLE BEFORE AND AFTER SPLIET IMAGES SPLIET IMAGES SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW MUCH OF SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW MUCH OF GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND SUBMERGED. GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND SUBMERGED. 16,000 PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT 16,000 PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT DRINKING WATER. DRINKING WATER. SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORTS ARE SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORTS ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. OFFICIALS SAY THE DEATH TOLL IS OFFICIALS SAY THE DEATH TOLL IS LIKELY TO LIKELY TO MARIANA ATENCIO IS ON THE GROUND MARIANA ATENCIO IS ON THE GROUND THERE. THERE. WHAT’S THE LATEST ON THAT? WHAT’S THE LATEST ON THAT?>>Reporter: MANY OF OUR FOLKS>>Reporter: MANY OF OUR FOLKS AT HOME SORT OF UNDERSTAND WHERE AT HOME SORT OF UNDERSTAND WHERE I AM VIS-A-VIS SOME OF THE I AM VIS-A-VIS SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT PLACES. HARDEST HIT PLACES. NASSAU IS ABOUT A 45-MINUTE NASSAU IS ABOUT A 45-MINUTE FLIGHT TO ABACO ISLAND AND GRAND FLIGHT TO ABACO ISLAND AND GRAND BAHAMA. BAHAMA. THE BAHAMAS ITSELF IS ABOUT 700 THE BAHAMAS ITSELF IS ABOUT 700 LITTLE ISLANDS ALL SURROUNDED BY LITTLE ISLANDS ALL SURROUNDED BY WATER. WATER. THAT MAKES THIS RECOVERY EFFORT THAT MAKES THIS RECOVERY EFFORT THAT MUCH HARDER. THAT MUCH HARDER. THE PRIME MINISTER DESCRIBING IT THE PRIME MINISTER DESCRIBING IT AS CARNAGE. AS CARNAGE. I’VE BEEN ABLE TO SPEAK TO SOME I’VE BEEN ABLE TO SPEAK TO SOME OF THE PEOPLE GETTING OFF THESE OF THE PEOPLE GETTING OFF THESE CHOPPERS COMING IN FROM SOME OF CHOPPERS COMING IN FROM SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT PLACES. THE HARDEST HIT PLACES. I CAN TELL YOU IT’S HARD NOT TO I CAN TELL YOU IT’S HARD NOT TO BREAK DOWN WHEN YOU’RE SPEAKING BREAK DOWN WHEN YOU’RE SPEAKING TO THEM. TO THEM. SOME OF THEM CALLING WHAT THEY SOME OF THEM CALLING WHAT THEY HAVE SEEN OVER THERE LIVING HAVE SEEN OVER THERE LIVING HELL, TELLING ME THAT IT IS HELL, TELLING ME THAT IT IS LIKELY THAT THE DEATH TOLL MIGHT LIKELY THAT THE DEATH TOLL MIGHT RISE. RISE. RIGHT NOW IT STANDS AT SEVEN. RIGHT NOW IT STANDS AT SEVEN. WE DO KNOW SEVEN PEOPLE WERE WE DO KNOW SEVEN PEOPLE WERE BROUGHT TO THE MEDICAL CENTER BROUGHT TO THE MEDICAL CENTER HERE IN NASSAU AND THEY PASSED HERE IN NASSAU AND THEY PASSED AWAY, SOME OF THEM HERE. AWAY, SOME OF THEM HERE. 38 MEDICAL EVACUEES HAVE BEEN 38 MEDICAL EVACUEES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT THAT WE KNOW OF, BUT IT BROUGHT THAT WE KNOW OF, BUT IT IS SUCH A SLOW MOVING EFFORT. IS SUCH A SLOW MOVING EFFORT. THEY’RE JUST TRICKLING IN THEY’RE JUST TRICKLING IN BECAUSE AS WE HEARD FROM THE BECAUSE AS WE HEARD FROM THE PRIME MINISTER THE AIRPORT IN PRIME MINISTER THE AIRPORT IN ABACO IS DECIMATED. ABACO IS DECIMATED. THERE ARE MORE THAN A DOZEN THERE ARE MORE THAN A DOZEN FAMILIES WAITING HERE IN A FAMILIES WAITING HERE IN A WAITING AREA OUTDOORS TO MY WAITING AREA OUTDOORS TO MY RIGHT HOPING TO CATCH A GLIMPSE RIGHT HOPING TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS COMING OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS COMING OUT OF THESE CHOPPERS. OUT OF THESE CHOPPERS. WE’VE SEEN AMBULANCES COMING UP WE’VE SEEN AMBULANCES COMING UP BEHIND ME. BEHIND ME. WE’VE SEEN YOUNG CHILDREN. WE’VE SEEN YOUNG CHILDREN. I’VE SEEN BABIES AS YOUNG AS A I’VE SEEN BABIES AS YOUNG AS A YEAR OLD COMING FROM THESE YEAR OLD COMING FROM THESE PLACES. PLACES. THE MESSAGE IS THE SAME. THE MESSAGE IS THE SAME. IT IS GET OUR FAMILY MEMBERS, IT IS GET OUR FAMILY MEMBERS, GET OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR GET OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR FRIENDS OUT OF THERE AS SOON AS FRIENDS OUT OF THERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. POSSIBLE.>>I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT>>I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ARE JUST EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ARE JUST GETTING THERE. GETTING THERE. THEY’RE JUST GETTING A SENSE OF THEY’RE JUST GETTING A SENSE OF THE DEVASTATION. THE DEVASTATION. DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT IS DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE TO GET THOSE GOING TO TAKE TO GET THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF THERE? PEOPLE OUT OF THERE? I IMAGINE IT COULD BE DAYS, IF I IMAGINE IT COULD BE DAYS, IF NOT WEEKS. NOT WEEKS.>>Reporter: IT IS A VERY>>Reporter: IT IS A VERY COMPLEX EFFORT. COMPLEX EFFORT. THIS NOISE THAT YOU HEAR NOW IS THIS NOISE THAT YOU HEAR NOW IS MOST LIKELY ONE OF THE CHOPPERS MOST LIKELY ONE OF THE CHOPPERS THAT IS ABOUT TO TAKE OFF. THAT IS ABOUT TO TAKE OFF. WE’VE SEEN MEMBERS OF THE U.S. WE’VE SEEN MEMBERS OF THE U.S. ARMY ACTUALLY HERE ON SITE. ARMY ACTUALLY HERE ON SITE. WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE FROM THE RED WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE FROM THE RED CROSS, THE BAHAMIAN NATIONAL CROSS, THE BAHAMIAN NATIONAL GUARD. GUARD. IT TAKES A WHILE FOR SOME OF IT TAKES A WHILE FOR SOME OF THESE CHOPPERS TO TAKE OFF SO THESE CHOPPERS TO TAKE OFF SO I’M GOING TO HAVE MY CAMERAMAN I’M GOING TO HAVE MY CAMERAMAN KEEP THE CAMERA ON ME. KEEP THE CAMERA ON ME. IF SOMETHING HAPPENS, I WILL IF SOMETHING HAPPENS, I WILL ALERT YOU GUYS. ALERT YOU GUYS. IT IS A COMPLEX EFFORT. IT IS A COMPLEX EFFORT. WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE, THE WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE, THE DAMAGE WE’VE SEEN FROM ABACO AND DAMAGE WE’VE SEEN FROM ABACO AND GRAND BAHAMA IS ONLY A GLIMPSE GRAND BAHAMA IS ONLY A GLIMPSE OF WHAT THE EXTENT OF THE OF WHAT THE EXTENT OF THE DEVASTATION IS.