The Latest: Dutch navy ships in Bahamas hurricane aftermath

Beaufort Police Officer Curtis Resor, left, and Sgt. Micheal Stepehens check a sailboat for occupants in Beaufort, N.C. after Hurricane Dorian passed

Beaufort Police Officer Curtis Resor, left, and Sgt. Micheal Stepehens check a sailboat for occupants in Beaufort, N.C. after Hurricane Dorian passed

A shattered and water-filled coffin lays exposed to the elements in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, at the cemetery in Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama,

A shattered and water-filled coffin lays exposed to the elements in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, at the cemetery in Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama,

Pastor Jeremiah Saunders poses for a photo among the ruins of his church that was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, in High Rock, Grand Bahama, Bahamas,

Pastor Jeremiah Saunders poses for a photo among the ruins of his church that was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, in High Rock, Grand Bahama, Bahamas,

A car is sunk in the wreckage and debris caused by Hurricane Dorian, in Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019. Bahamians are

A car is sunk in the wreckage and debris caused by Hurricane Dorian, in Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019. Bahamians are

Tereha Davis, 45, holds a plate of rice as she walks among the remains of her shattered belongings, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in McLean’s

Tereha Davis, 45, holds a plate of rice as she walks among the remains of her shattered belongings, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in McLean’s

Tereha Davis, 45, eats a meal of rice as she sits among the remains of her shattered home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in McLean’s Town, Gran

Tereha Davis, 45, eats a meal of rice as she sits among the remains of her shattered home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in McLean’s Town, Gran

A man and girl peer out from a bakery and cafeteria in Freeport, Bahamas, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Those who survived Hurricane Dorian are facing th

A man and girl peer out from a bakery and cafeteria in Freeport, Bahamas, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Those who survived Hurricane Dorian are facing th

Ebony Thomas looks at her phone a she sits on a sofa inside her shattered home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama,

Ebony Thomas looks at her phone a she sits on a sofa inside her shattered home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama,

A coffin peaks out of a grave, in aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, at the shattered cemetery in Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Wednesday Sept. 11

A coffin peaks out of a grave, in aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, at the shattered cemetery in Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Wednesday Sept. 11

The sun sets behind a statuette of the Virgin Mary atop a grave broken by the force of Hurricane Dorian, in the cemetery of Mclean's Town, Grand Baham

The sun sets behind a statuette of the Virgin Mary atop a grave broken by the force of Hurricane Dorian, in the cemetery of Mclean's Town, Grand Baham

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — The Latest on hurricane aftermath in the Bahamas (all times local):

7:10 a.m.

Two Dutch navy ships have arrived in the Bahamas to help with the relief operation after the region was devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

The Defense Ministry says that around 550 military personnel who arrived Wednesday on board the ships Snellius and Johan de Witt will deliver aid to residents on Abaco island.

The Johan de Witt is a transport ship that uses landing craft to bring supplies to shore, while the Snellius surveys underwater damage and obstacles in a first step to clearing access to ports and harbors on Abaco.

The ships also are carrying building materials, food and water that can be flown in by helicopters.

The official death toll in the Bahamas stands at 50. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said he expects the number to significantly increase.

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12:15 a.m.

Bahamians are beginning to tackle a daunting cleanup a week after Hurricane Dorian devastated the archipelago's northern islands.

Residents sift through debris hunting for prized possessions as they prepare to rebuild from one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history.

People are piling up wreckage. Some are burning ruined clothes.

A preliminary report estimates Dorian caused a total of some $7 billion in damage, although the government of the Bahamas has not yet offered any figures.