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06 sept. 2019 | 08h16 UTC

Bahamas: Death toll rises to 30 in Dorian aftermath September 5 /update 8

Bahamas Alerte de sécurité

Health Ministry confirms a death toll of 30 on September 5 with fears of it increasing; clearing operations underway

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/9/2019, 12h00 until 8/9/2019, 11h59 (Etc/GMT-5). COUNTRY/REGION Bahamas

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The Bahamian Health Ministry confirmed on Thursday, September 5, that the death toll has risen to 30 across the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. The Ministry also stated that hundreds, if not thousands, remain missing, and there are fears that the number of deaths will rise significantly as rescue and clearing operations continue throughout the territory. Thousands of people have been stranded and food and medical supply shortages are possible in the near term.

Hurricane Dorian hit the region as a Category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale on Sunday, September 1, with wind gusts up to 354 kph (220 mph) and up to 89 cm (35 in) of rain. The hurricane remained largely stationary until Tuesday morning when it slowly began moving west towards the US. As of 02:00 on Friday, September 6, Dorian is located at approximately 34.2°N 76.8°W (map here) and moving northeast at 24 kph (15 mph). Dorian has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 km (90 mph).  


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.


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