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Hurricane Dorian death toll rises to 50 in Bahamas

2019-09-10

The death toll in the Bahamas has now risen to 50 in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, according to officials.

Health Minister Duane Sands revealed the updated number Monday, telling NBC News that more deaths had been reported.

The new total is six more than what was known Sunday, when it was reported that 44 lives were lost in the Caribbean country.

Dorian caused catastrophic destruction in the Bahamas after making landfall in Elbow Cay, Abaco, on Sept. 1, leaving thousands of people missing and many in need of food and water.

Of the casualties, 42 bodies were found in Abaco and eight more on Grand Bahama, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

The storm displaced thousands who live in the Bahamas, with officials estimating that as many as 10,000 people from Abaco are in need of food, water and shelter as a result of the storm.

Dorian reached Juno Beach, Fla., on Sept. 2 and moved up the coast from there, causing damage in the Carolinas as well. Multiple people died in Florida and in North Carolina while working on properties in preparation for the storm.

With News Wire Services