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Grand Bahamas

The Bahamas Government has dismissed assertions that it has been suppressing the death toll from Hurricane Dorian.

Officials have also been forced to defend their response as residents on the Abaco Islands have accused the government of failing to provide assistance and prevent looting.

Search and recovery teams have been going house to house searching for the dead.

However, the slow pace of the work and a death toll that stands at just 44, despite photographs of massive devastation — have led to wide speculation that the true number of dead is far higher.

With many Bahamians still unaccounted for, people on social media say they have personally counted scores of dead bodies.

In an interview with Miami Herald on Sunday, Minister of Health Duane Sands said the government has been tallying confirmed deaths as bodies arrive at the morgue.

Mr. Sands called information suggesting a cover-up false and unfortunate.

He said the body count is not the priority.

He added that the focus is to continue the search and recovery mission and assist survivors.

Some of the most affected areas are shanty towns, many of them populated by Haitian workers.

One neighbourhood, known as the Mudd, was almost totally wiped out by the hurricane, and bodies were still waiting to be collected.

More than 23 of Sidney Poitier's family are MISSING in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island and left hundreds of bodies buried under rubble

The nephew of actor Sidney Poitier has said that more than 23 members of his family are feared missing in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian.

Jeffrey Poitier, 66, said that as of Thursday there was still no news from the relatives, including his sister Barbara and his adult children in Freeport, Bahamas.

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