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Mass Evacuations From Abaco Islands After Dorian’s Destruction In The Bahamas | NBC Nightly News


HARDEST HIT, GREAT ABACO ISLAND, LESS THAN 200 MILES FROM MIAMI. LESS THAN 200 MILES FROM MIAMI. KERRY SANDERS IS THERE FOR US. KERRY SANDERS IS THERE FOR US.>>Reporter: AFTER DAYS OF CHAOS>>Reporter: AFTER DAYS OF CHAOS AND PANIC, TODAY AN ORDERLY AND PANIC, TODAY AN ORDERLY EXODUS FROM THE ABACO ISLAND FOR EXODUS FROM THE ABACO ISLAND FOR THE WEARY AND FATIGUED. THE WEARY AND FATIGUED.>>I CAN’T WAIT TO GET OUT OF>>I CAN’T WAIT TO GET OUT OF HERE. HERE.>>Reporter: WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE>>Reporter: WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS IN THIS THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS IN THIS NIGHTMARE? NIGHTMARE?>>TERRIBLE.>>TERRIBLE. TERRIBLE. TERRIBLE.>>Reporter: AS RELIEF SHIPS>>Reporter: AS RELIEF SHIPS ORGANIZED BY THE BAHAMIAN ORGANIZED BY THE BAHAMIAN GOVERNMENT ARE OFFLOADED IN GOVERNMENT ARE OFFLOADED IN MARSH HARBOR. MARSH HARBOR.>>WOMEN AND CHILDREN.>>WOMEN AND CHILDREN.>>Reporter: THOSE SHIPS THEN>>Reporter: THOSE SHIPS THEN BECOME FERRIES TO NASSAU, BECOME FERRIES TO NASSAU, VIRTUALLY UNTOUCHED BY THE VIRTUALLY UNTOUCHED BY THE HURRICANE. HURRICANE.>>WE LOST EVERYTHING.>>WE LOST EVERYTHING. WE DON’T HAVE NOTHING. WE DON’T HAVE NOTHING. MY FAMILY AND MOVE ON. MY FAMILY AND MOVE ON.>>Reporter: TENS OF THOUSANDS>>Reporter: TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SURVIVORS ARE EXPECTED TO OF SURVIVORS ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE CAPITAL MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE CAPITAL ISLAND, SOME TO CONTINUE ON TO ISLAND, SOME TO CONTINUE ON TO FLORIDA. FLORIDA.>>I’M A U.S. CITIZEN.>>I’M A U.S. CITIZEN. MY BOY, HE GOT U.S. CITIZEN. MY BOY, HE GOT U.S. CITIZEN.>>Reporter: YOU’RE GOING TO GO>>Reporter: YOU’RE GOING TO GO TO THE UNITED STATES? TO THE UNITED STATES?>>YEAH.>>YEAH. I WANT TO GO. I WANT TO GO.>>Reporter: BY SEA AND NOW BY>>Reporter: BY SEA AND NOW BY AIR. AIR. DELTA AIRLINES PROVIDING RELIEF DELTA AIRLINES PROVIDING RELIEF FLIGHTS FROM MARSH HARBOR. FLIGHTS FROM MARSH HARBOR.>>I THINK WE’LL BE DOING THIS>>I THINK WE’LL BE DOING THIS SYSTEMATICALLY FOR AS LONG AS IS SYSTEMATICALLY FOR AS LONG AS IS NECESSARY THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS NECESSARY THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS TO GET PEOPLE OUT AND INTO TO GET PEOPLE OUT AND INTO SAFETY. SAFETY.>>Reporter: SURVIVORS FEAR LIFE>>Reporter: SURVIVORS FEAR LIFE AS THEY’VE KNOWN IT IS OVER. AS THEY’VE KNOWN IT IS OVER.>>ABACO IS MY HOME.>>ABACO IS MY HOME. IT’S DEVASTATED. IT’S DEVASTATED. I FEEL HAPPY WE’RE GOING TO A I FEEL HAPPY WE’RE GOING TO A NEW PLACE, WE CAN REBUILD. NEW PLACE, WE CAN REBUILD.>>Reporter: GOVERNMENT>>Reporter: GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY IT REMAINS OFFICIALS SAY IT REMAINS DIFFICULT TO GET A CLEAR PKT ON DIFFICULT TO GET A CLEAR PKT ON HOW MANY SURVIVORS ARE STILL IN HOW MANY SURVIVORS ARE STILL IN THE ABACO AND ON GRAND BAHAMA. THE ABACO AND ON GRAND BAHAMA. HEARTBROKEN. HEARTBROKEN.>>A LOT OF MY FRIENDS HAVE>>A LOT OF MY FRIENDS HAVE DIED. DIED.>>KERRY, I HATE TO ASK, BUT IS>>KERRY, I HATE TO ASK, BUT IS THERE ANY UPDATE ON HOW MANY THERE ANY UPDATE ON HOW MANY PERISHED? PERISHED?>>Reporter: THE OFFICIAL COUNT>>Reporter: THE OFFICIAL COUNT REMAINS AT 43, BUT WE DO KNOW REMAINS AT 43, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT THAT NUMBER WILL CLIMB. THAT THAT NUMBER WILL CLIMB. THEY’VE BROUGHT IN REFRIGERATED