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An un­likely flotilla of mil­i­tary land­ing craft, pri­vate yachts and even a cruise ship came to the aid of Hurricane Dorian-bat­tered Ba­hamas as re­lief ef­forts ramped up there Satur­day af­ter the mon­ster storm. Dorian rav­aged Abaco and Grand Ba­hamas is­lands when it stalled over the Caribbean is­lands as a Cat­e­gory 5 storm for two days.

The death toll re­mained at 43 on Satur­day, but was ex­pected to rise

dra­mat­i­cally, of­fi­cials said, pos­si­bly into the thou­sands. Sur­vivors who have made their way out of the flood­ing and rub­ble on the two is­lands have de­scribed wad­ing past bod­ies float­ing in the wa­ter as they es­caped.

“We have been through this be­fore, but not at this level of dev­as­ta­tion,” said Marvin Dames, the Ba­hamas se­cu­rity min­is­ter.

The hurricane, cur­rently a cat­e­gory 2, con­tin­ues mov­ing north along the U.S. east coast.

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