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Residents in Grand Bahama feeling devastation left by Dorian

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 17:25:30-04

Residents in Freeport, Grand Bahamas woke up to severely flooded neighborhoods on Tuesday following the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian.

United Nations officials estimate more than 60,000 people in the northwest Bahamas will need food following the catastrophic natural disaster.

Tim Aylen, a Bahamian journalist assisting The Associated Press with the hurricane coverage, had to abandon his home with his family due to the flooding.

Speaking about some of his work, Aylen said he had no idea he would be shooting pictures of himself and his family evacuating their home as part of his coverage.

Early Tuesday, Aylen could be seen wadding through chest-level flood waters as he made his way through the streets of Arden Forest in Freeport.

His 21-year-old daughter Julia Aylen, and 17-year-old son Matthew Aylen, along with their three dogs were seeking higher ground Tuesday morning, with images showing their exhaustion from the ordeal.

A spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Tuesday about 45% of homes in Grand Bahama and Abaco were severely damaged or destroyed.

The organization was aiming help 20,000 of the most vulnerable people, including a large Haitian community, the spokesman said.