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Hurricane Dorian's death toll in Bahamas rises to 50 —official
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Hurricane Dorian's death toll in Bahamas rises to 50 —official

NASSAU, Bahamas, September 12 ------ Hurricane Dorian's rampage through the Bahamas last week killed at least 50 people, largely on the hard-hit Great Abaco Island, an official said on Tuesday. That is up from 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 climb higher as more bodies are pulled from the rubble of a demolished neighborhood in Marsh Harbour in Abaco.

Dorian pummeled the Bahamas with 200-mile-per-hour (320-km-per-hour) winds. It was one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record and stands as the worst disaster in Bahamian history. As relief efforts got underway slowly, stirring frustration among locals, several Bahamians said they might attempt to immigrate to the United States rather than face an uncertain rebuilding at home. It is not clear whether US President Donald Trump's administration, which has sought to severely curtail legal and illegal immigration, will smooth their path. But a growing chorus of Congress members, including Florida Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, have called for a suspension of visa requirements to help reunite stranded Bahamians with US relatives.

Some 70,000 people were in need 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.

Source: gmanetwork.com