(CMR) 2,500 people are listed as missing in the Bahamas two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands. Dorian ravaged Abaco and Grand Bahama for over 68 hours between September 1 and September 3 and displaced thousands.
The death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue teams make their way through the ruins.
Thus far there are 50 persons confirmed dead with 42 in Abaco and eight in Grand Bahama — and the figure is expected to rise significantly, a point the prime minister repeated last night.
“There are many deaths and many still missing,” Minnis said. “Many are grieving the loss of their loves ones. Many are in despair, wondering if their loved ones are still alive.”
“The grief we will bear as a country, begins with the families, who have lost loved ones. To those who have lost loved ones, I know there is absolutely nothing we can say that will lessen your pain and your loss. Our sympathies, go out to the families of each person who died. Let us pray for them during this time of grief. We offer you our shoulders to cry on, our prayers of comfort, and our promise that your loved ones will never be forgotten.”Prime Minister Minnis
According to the National Emergency Management Agency, the list is preliminary and all the names have not been confirmed against government records and evacuees. The social service office is keeping track of the data and family members are encouraged to contact them via their hotline or in person.
International teams continue to provide assistance in the recovery process. The Bahamas has never been hit by a hurricane of this magnitude.