NASÁU, Sep 12 (Reuters / EP) –
At least 2,500 people remain missing after the passage of Hurricane 'Dorian' through the Bahamas, a figure that could include many of those who have been forced to move and go to various shelters in the archipelago, authorities said Wednesday.
More than a week after the category 5 hurricane hit mainly the Abacus and Grand Bahama islands, the number of missing persons represents a new symptom that the death toll due to the weather phenomenon could be significantly higher than the 50 dead Registered so far.
“This list of missing persons has not yet been contrasted with the data of the Government of those who are staying in shelters or have been evacuated,” said the spokesman for the Emergency Management Agency Carl Smith during a press conference. “The data processing is being carried out,” he said.
Many people in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, are still looking for family and friends they have not seen since the storm came. “My friends are not, a couple of my cousins either, five of them, lived in Marsh Harbor,” said Clara Bain, a 38-year-old tour guide.
“Everyone knows someone who has disappeared, it is devastating,” he said. The hurricane, the second most powerful of the historical records for the Atlantic, made landfall a week ago in the archipelago with winds of up to 354 kilometers per hour.
Smith has claimed that more than 5,000 people have been evacuated to New Providence, the island where Nassau is located. Commercial flights to Abaco will resume on Wednesday on a limited basis.
The Caribbean Emergency Management Agency for Disasters estimates that 15,000 people still need shelter and food.