Rescue personnel are attempting to assess the damage and reach the most vulnerable victims, yet many areas remain inaccessible.
Following an air tour on Tuesday, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said authorities haven't been able to make a full assessment on the ground yet. He described the islands as "decimated" and the destruction "unprecedented."
Photos taken from above reveal cargo containers and boats tossed like toys, roadways stripped of asphalt and towns under water. Roofs torn from buildings and debris litter the land and trees and piers have been stripped bare.
The British Royal Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard were deployed to help with rescue efforts and deliver food, water and supplies.