Hurricane Dorian death toll climbs to 7, more deaths expected: Bahamas PM

The prime minister of the Bahamas says the death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen to seven and that more deaths are expected.

Hubert Minnis says the deaths involved two people who were injured earlier and taken to New Providence Island. He spoke late Tuesday at a news conference.

Minnis said he flew over the Abaco Islands and expects to do the same in Grand Bahama as soon as the weather clears.

In Abaco, he saw groups of people waving yellow sheets and shirts. He said 60 percent of homes were damaged in Marsh Harbor and that at least one community was completely destroyed.

The toll includes an 8-year-old boy, believed to have drowned in rising waters, his grandmother Ingrid McIntosh told local news outlets.

McIntosh's 31-year-old daughter found the boy's body, she told the Bahamas' Eyewitness News. She says her granddaughter is also missing.

Bahamian officials said Monday it was still difficult to assess the number of casualties amid the dire conditions.

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