Huracán Dorian deja al menos 50 muertos en Bahamas, según último informe / 1 week after Dorian struck, controversies erupt in Bahamas as death toll mounts

El huracán Dorian causó la muerte de al menos 50 personas en las Bahamas, y muchos habitantes siguen desaparecidos, según una evaluación provisional actualizada anunciada el lunes por la noche por la policía del archipiélago.

El saldo anterior de víctimas era de 45. En total se encontraron 42 fallecidos en la isla Gran Ábaco y ocho en la isla Gran Bahama. Pero se espera que el total aumente, según las autoridades locales.

“Esperamos encontrar más personas muertas a medida que avanzan las operaciones de búsqueda”, dijo la policía de Bahamas en un comunicado citado por el periódico Nassau Guardian.

Más de una semana después de ser golpeado por el huracán Dorian, el norte del archipiélago de las Bahamas permanece en el caos y la fase de emergencia no ha terminado. La prioridad es evacuar a las víctimas de las islas más devastadas.  AFP

A Bahamas coroners team carries a body out of The Mudd neighborhood in the Marsh Harbor area of Abaco, Bahamas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Dorian, the most powerful hurricane in the northwestern Bahamas’ recorded history, has killed at least 44 people in Bahamas as of Sunday, Sept. 8, according to the government. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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As Bahamian officials continue to sort through the widespread destruction left by Hurricane Dorian, confusion and uncertainty has been rampant during much of the initial recovery process.

While the official death toll has slowly ticked upwards, residents, reporters and officials recognize that the final number will be far more staggering than what is being currently reported. As of Monday, the official tally is at 50 fatalities. By eyewitness accounts, the total will be hundreds, if not thousands.

As some have questioned the government’s truthfulness in the current death toll reports, Duane Sands, the Bahamas’ minister of health, told the Miami Herald that calculating the fatality total isn’t currently a higher priority than helping survivors get back on their feet.

“I am actually a bit concerned that the focus has been for some people the body count,” Sands told the Herald. “It is not the priority. The priority is find those people for their loved ones who are missing them … To put food in people’s bellies, water in their throat.”

Sands added that officials have heard all the estimates and noted the large amount of missing people.