The Bahamas: Death Toll Rising, Up To 70,000 Left Homeless By Dorian
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Days after Hurricane Dorian left the Bahamas, the death toll is now at 43, and is expected to rise as authorities continue to assess the damage, according to CNN. Hundreds of people are believed to be buried under rubble.
The situation is a “humanitarian crisis,” the Bahamian financial services ministry said Friday in a statement. Efforts are underway to move evacuees by the hundreds to safety, including on a cruise ship due to arrive today in Florida.
Search and rescue personnel who arrived with cadaver dogs on the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands brought body bags and coolers to store human remains, said Joy Jibrilu, director-general of the country’s tourism and aviation ministry. Workers also brought equipment to count the dead and to understand the scope of damage, Jibrilu said.
At least 76,000 people are homeless on Abaco and Grand Bahama, the United Nations estimated. A thousand tarpaulins — strong pieces of waterproof plastic– will be provided to replace roofs that were stripped from homes, the International Organization for Migration said.