(NBC NEWS) – Aid workers in the Bahamas said the devastation of Hurricane Dorian is “still unfolding” on Tuesday after the official death toll rose to at least 50 and tens of thousands of people remained homeless.
Speaking on Tuesday morning, nine days since the hurricane made landfall over the Bahamas, where it remained for two days, Sadye Francis, director of One Eleuthera Foundation, a not-for-profit rehousing people on Eleuthera Island, said some people will have “nowhere to go”.
The United Nations estimates that 76,000 people in Grand Bahama and the Abaco islands have been left homeless by the hurricane and are in need of help.
Carl Smith, a Nema spokesperson, said 2,043 people displaced by Hurricane Dorian were in shelters on New Providence, while others stayed with friends or relatives. He said more shelters will be opened as they are needed.
“We are making improvements as we address this disaster and seemingly hopeless situation. But there’s hope, we’re making progress,” he said.
It comes after the health minister, Duane Sands, confirmed the death toll had increased to 50. The previous count, on Sunday, was 44.