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west-end-home-destroyedHurricane Matthew, which stormed through The Bahamas Wednesday and Thursday last week, left a trail of disastrous scenes in its wake.

While there have been no casualties, tens of thousands of Bahamian residents have been adversely affected.

In New Providence on the southwestern coast, hundreds lost their roofs or had significant damage done to property.

Coral Harbour, Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay, South Beach and Yamacraw were among the areas hardest hit in terms of structural damage.

Due to the velocity of the wind, which was registered to up to 145mph, huge trees – some of them decades old, were uprooted across the islands of New Providence.

Real Estate appraisers and other assessors described the situation as nothing short of a calamity.

Official parties of the government went to several Family Islands, mainly settlements in Andros and Grand Bahama.

In Lowe Sound Andros, the settlement has been virtually destroyed with talks now of resettling the residents to another area.

All through Andros, the electrical supply has been shut down as there has been significant damage to the main power plant.

Water has also been contaminated -the main supply of diesel and gasoline on Andros – leaving residents stranded.

Almost everywhere on Andros, there were tales of woe.

The survey of Grand Bahama in all areas showed a depressing picture.

Electricity poles fell from Freeport to Mcleans Town in the East. Most residents of West End were left homeless.

Again, the people there are being encouraged to abandon old homesteads that were destroyed by the hurricane, to move further inland.

Conservative estimates by government officials suggest that the damage brought by Hurricane Matthew could cost in excess of $200 million.



Written by Jones Bahamas

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