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Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to be ‘staggering’

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to be ‘staggering’

Victims of hurricane Dorian in Grand Abaco Island on 5 September 2019Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAbout 70,000 Bahamas residents are in immediate need of food and shelter, the UN says

The death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas will be “staggering”, the country’s government has warned as aid efforts are being stepped up.

The official death toll stands at 23, but is expected to rise further.

Officials are sending morticians and 200 body bags to the Abaco Islands, the worst-hit part of the archipelago.

Dorian – which devastated the northern Bahamas from Sunday to Tuesday – is now battering the coasts of South and North Carolina in the US, but is weakening.

Officials say hundreds, possibly thousands, are still missing in the Abacos and Grand Bahama.

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