Bahamas officials say thousands missing in Dorian's wake

Bahamas officials say thousands missing in Dorian's wake

The Bahamas' government said Wednesday that there are an estimated 2,500 names on a list of the missing, although names had not yet been checked against rosters of people evacuated or staying at shelters.

Rood added that supplies should be going out next week, once details for the project are completed with Bahama's National Emergency Management Agency.

The total may fall as it is cross-checked.

The official death toll still stands at 50, with 42 of those deaths on Abaco and eight on Grand Bahama, but Minnis said the number of deaths is expected to "significantly increase".

On 8 September, soon after Hurricane Dorian had cloven its destructive path through the Bahamas, UNICEF Latin America sent a plane carrying 1.5 tonnes of relief material to the islands, enabling them to provide access to safe drinking water for over 9,500 children and families.

"We are a compassionate and generous people", said Cornelius A. Smith, governor-general of the Bahamas. "They all were cousins, but we were just like sisters and brothers", Bain said.

The Grand Celebration cruise ship will be sailing post-hurricane relief missions to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

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"He was happy to see our team", Clark said in an email.

Six-time National Basketball Association champion Michael Jordan, who owns property and frequently visits the Bahamas, is pledging $1 million to organizations assisting with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

"We'll grid an area off and ask locals information about where people are - or were", Heatherington said.

Burnaby fire Captain Ian Heatherington spoke to the NOW from Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas Wednesday afternoon.

"Jonathan Rath Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said Monday that four Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys from the USS Bataan had flown Air Force members to the Bahamas to assess whether airports are capable of receiving C-130 and C-17 aircraft. I didn't", Janice said. The island of Abaco was largely devastated and about 70,000 people have been left homeless across the archipelago.

Dorian slammed into the Bahamas over a week ago as one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, packing top sustained winds of 185 miles (298 km) per hour.

Some 15,000 people are still in need of shelter or food, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

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