Bahamas mortuaries overwhelmed after Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 9:50 AM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 17:43:44-04

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Caribbean emergency officials say mortuary facilities on the Bahamian island of New Providence are "overwhelmed" as workers store bodies of victims of Hurricane Dorian.

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency says bodies are being placed in body bags and stored in refrigerated containers as "a temporary measure."

The Bahamian government says at least 50 people died and that the death toll is expected to rise.

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The Caribbean disaster agency says "environmental health concerns" in northern islands ravaged by the hurricane have increased and that there is a stench from dead animals and possibly human bodies.

The agency also said Monday that six shelters on New Providence are packed with 1,675 people who were evacuated from Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. It says other evacuees are sheltering with family and friends on other islands.