MADRID, Sep 7 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The death toll from Hurricane 'Dorian' through the Bahamas archipelago has risen to 43, some media outlets in the region reported on Saturday, while search and rescue teams continue to analyze the effects of the storm in the islands of Grand Bahama and Abacos, the most affected.
The NBC network has cited a spokesman for Prime Minister Hubert Minnis who has assured that the number of victims has risen to 43 and that the number is expected to increase significantly. “43 is the new official count. In addition there are many missing and this number is expected to grow significantly,” said Erica Wells Cox, spokesman for Prime Minister Hubert Minnis
However, more than 6,660 people have registered on the 'Dorian People Search Bahamas' website to search for information about their loved ones, many of them missing from the hurricane, the site's founder, Vanessa Pritchard, told NBC. Ansell
“I created this site because I realized very quickly that I needed a central location so that people could ask if anyone had seen or if someone had heard of my loved one,” he said.
Hurricane 'Dorian' made landfall on Sunday in the archipelago of the Bahamas with winds of up to 354 kilometers per hour.
The United Nations has warned that at least 70,000 people need “immediate” help in the Bahamas, especially in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama.
The United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Response, Mark Lowcock, has said he has indicated to the Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis, that he will send “one million dollars to the emergency response fund.”
Lowcock's words have taken place after he will travel to Bahamas to meet with Minnis in Nassau and discuss the help and support that the UN can offer.