Relief efforts stepped up amid staggering Hurricane Dorian death toll
Naval ships carrying supplies, military serviceman deployed to contain looting, and flotillas of volunteers are pulling together to help survivors of Hurricane Dorian.
Cruise liners have joined the relief effort, bringing thousands of meals and other donations to Caribbean islands devastated by the category 5 storm.
It comes as The United Nations estimates 70,000 people are in immediate need of food, water and shelter in the region.
The public have been warned to expect a staggering death toll as residents searched for loved ones.
Meanwhile there have been reports of widespread looting on the islands as thieves take advantage of the ensuing chaos.
Cruise liners including Royal Caribbeans Empress of the Seas said it was delivering 10,000 meals of chicken, rice and fruit to Grand Bahama.
The Netherlands ambassador to the UN announced two naval ships with supplies have been dispatched from St Maarten, a Dutch island about 1,100 miles southeast of the Bahamas.
Jamaica is sending an 150-strong military team to help secure Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line confirmed it would transport first responders, medics and journalists to Freeport and return to Florida with Bahamians who have documents to enter the US.
Francisco Sanchez, a sales representative for the cruise line said: Its a humanitarian trip. Were also taking donations that have arrived in the port (in Palm Beach).
The UN World Food Programme has allocated about £4.4million to a three-month emergency operation to support 39,000 people and a flight from the US Agency for International Development landed arrived with supplies, including hygiene kits, water containers and buckets, plastic sheeting and chainsaws, to help 31,500 people.
Estimates put the financial cost of the damage in the Bahamas at £5.7billion, including buildings and business interruptions.
One survivor on the Abaco Islands, Ramond King, said he watched as winds ripped the roof off his house then pluck his neighbours home into the sky.
He said: This cant be real, this cant be real.