Death toll post-Dorian rises to 50

Death toll post-Dorian rises to 50
Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson (PHOTO: Royston Jones Jr.)

Families encouraged to file missing person’s reports with authorities

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said tonight that the Royal Bahamas Police Force had located and recovered 50 dead people in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian — 42 from Abaco and eight from Grand Bahama.

Echoing government officials, who have advised the death toll will be “staggering”, Ferguson said authorities expected to discover more dead as the process of search and recovery continues.

“As there are many more persons presumed missing, since they have not been seen or heard from since the passage of Hurricane Dorian, we are appealing to family members to file missing person’s reports with the police,” the commissioner said.

“We offer sincere condolences to those families who had loved ones die during the hurricane.

“Please know that every effort is being made by Royal Bahamas Police Force along with our local and international law enforcement partners to bring relief and closure for everyone.

“May God bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”

Dorian ravaged Grand Bahama and Abaco between September 1-3.

The record storm, which pummeled those islands with 23-feet sea surges and over 185 mile-per-hour winds, displaced thousands, creating a humanitarian and national crisis.

As of Monday, more than 4,800 people have been evacuated via government and private transport from Abaco and Grand Bahama to New Providence, according to officials.