Saturday 25 January, 2020

Hurricane Dorian aftermath: Fifty bodies remain unidentified

The illegal status of some victims of Hurricane Dorian continues to be a challenge for authorities in the Bahamas to identify remains.

Health Minister Duane Sands gave the update as he noted all of the victims from Grand Bahama Island were identified and have been returned to their families.

However, on the devastated Abaco Islands, where there is a large illegal Haitian immigrant community, only four people were identified.

He said: "People may be afraid to come forward if their immigration status is not ideal. This problem is not unique to The Bahamas and so (a consideration is) to have an independent third party perhaps act as an intermediary so that the process of identification can take place.” 

Fifty bodies remain in a refrigerated trailer on Abaco, according to Sands.

He could not say how long the remains will be stored but he noted that there are bodies on New Providence Island that have been in cold storage for years.

Seventy people have died as a result of Hurricane Dorian.

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