GREAT ABACO ISLAND, Bahamas (PM) — Hurricane Dorian’s rampage within the Bahamas last week killed at least 50 people, principally on the hard-hit Great Abaco Island, an official stated on Tuesday.
That is higher than the last-reported figure of 45, Carl Smith, a spokesman for the islands’ National Emergency Management Agency, told reporters. Evacuees, rescue workers, and officials widely expect the number to dramatically climb higher as more bodies are extracted from the rubble of a devastated neighborhood in Marsh Harbour in Abaco.
Dorian trounced the Bahamas with 200-mile-per-hour (320-km-per-hour) winds. It was one of the most potent Caribbean hurricanes on record and stands as the most critical disaster in Bahamian history.
Some 70,000 people were in the necessity of food and shelter, the World Food Programme estimated. Private forecasters estimated that some $3 billion in insured property was destroyed or damaged in the Caribbean.