Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Death Toll Rises to 61; Nearly 1.5 Million Gallons of Oil Leaked in Spill

Jan Wesner Childs
Published: October 7, 2019

The official death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has risen to 61, as rebuilding efforts and cleanup from an oil spill continue to slowly move ahead.

The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency added the additional deaths in its most recent report, issued on Saturday. As has become common practice, the update noted that more deaths are expected to be confirmed as recovery efforts continue.

The previous official death toll was reported to be at 56 as of Sept. 27, with 608 people still listed as missing.

At least one government official has said many of the missing may never be found.

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NEMA also said it was continuing to monitor an oil spill at the Norwegian-owned Equinor storage facility on Grand Bahama Island. Dorian's 185 mph winds blew the lids off six crude oil storage tanks.

Nearly 1.5 million gallons of oil have been spilled from the site so far, according to a report by Earther. That number could rise as cleanup is still continuing, the report added. NEMA said what was previously believed to be an oil slick in the ocean from the spill was confirmed to have been seaweed.

Dorian pummeled the Bahamas on Sept. 1 and 2 as a Category 5 hurricane, devastating the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands.

In a bit of bright news, a dog was rescued from the rubble in Marsh Harbour on Friday, where it had been stuck under an air conditioner, NBC News reported. The dog was believed to have been trapped for at least three weeks and was emaciated when found. Rescuers took the dog to Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Florida.

They named him Miracle.

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