Monday 16 September, 2019

The Latest: Dorian death toll rises to 44 in Bahamas

A bent palm tree is silhouetted against a setting sun, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor, Abaco Island, Bahamas, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

A bent palm tree is silhouetted against a setting sun, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor, Abaco Island, Bahamas, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

The government in the Bahamas says the death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen by one to 44.

Health Minister Duane Sands on Sunday confirmed the toll in a WhatsApp message to The Associated Press.

Officials have warned that the number of deaths is likely to rise as security forces and other teams search devastated areas of the northern Bahamas.

The government also announced a telephone hotline where Bahamians can call to report family members who have been unaccounted for since the storm.

At least five deaths have been blamed on the storm in the Southeastern US and one in Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, the government of the Bahamas says more than 900 members of the Bahamian police and military are on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands to help with hurricane relief.

The government also says 120 Jamaican security personnel arrived in the Bahamas on Saturday evening and 100 troops from Trinidad and Tobago are to arrive Sunday as part of the aid effort in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

The Bahamas says "large numbers of security forces" from Britain and the United States are already involved in search, rescue and recovery operations.

Authorities are still trying to reach some areas that were cut off by flooding and debris.

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