Bahamas is slowly recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, the monster storm that struck with punishing 185mph sustained winds and 25 feet storm surges in early September.
It caused an estimated $3.4 billion in damages, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank.
The amount, which puts the Bahamas on a difficult path to reconstruction, is equivalent to one-fourth of the country’s gross domestic product.
The IDB said the Bahamas government asked it to do the study following Dorian’s trail of destruction which left 29,500 people homeless or without jobs — or both.
The official death toll remains at 67, though the report acknowledges that 282 people are still missing.
“Reconstruction efforts will last many years and will require a well-coordinated participation of public and private sectors, civil society and the international community,” said Daniela Carrera-Marquis, the representative of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Omar Bello, a lead author of the report, said the Bahamas will require major investments as a result of Dorian’s destruction to houses, essential infrastructure and the ecosystems of the Abacos and Grand Bahama, the two islands that were most heavily impacted.