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Dorian’s death toll rises to 67

The official death toll for Hurricane Dorian has climbed to 67, according to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Captain Stephen Russell.

“As the debris clearance operations [continue], we’re mindful that we can still be in the recovery mode, searching for deceased persons that may still be among the rubble in the islands of both Abaco and Grand Bahama,” said Russell at a press conference at NEMA’s headquarters on Gladstone Road.

He reported that police recovered the remains of two unidentified bodies: one in Dundas Town, Abaco, yesterday, and one in The Mudd last Thursday.

Russell noted that recovery efforts will continue as debris is cleared from the islands impacted by the storm.

NEMA officials did not provide a figure on how many people are still missing nearly two months after the hurricane.

Most recently, police have said more than 200 are still listed as missing.

Russell said that the “missing persons desk” was deactivated, noting that “all inquiries” should be made at the Central Detective Units (CDU) on New Providence and Grand Bahama, or the Abaco Police Station in Marsh Harbour.

Dorian is the strongest storm on record to hit The Bahamas.

It displaced thousands of people with many moving to the United States, New Providence and other Bahamian islands.

Some storm victims have been residing in shelters since the storm.

Kim Sawyer, deputy director of social services, said five hurricane shelters are currently operational.

She said 777 people are still staying in shelters.

Sawyer said 640 of those individuals are being housed at Kendal G. L. Issacs Gymnasium.

Dorian decimated chunks of Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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