Hurricane Dorian`s toll: Bahamas officials say 2,500 missing in storm`s wake

12 Septembre, 2019, 08:51 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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An estimated 2,500 people are listed as missing in the Bahamas in Hurricane Dorian's aftermath, the government said Wednesday.

Thousands of homes were severely damaged or destroyed and parts of the Bahamas received up to 35in (89cm) of rain, leaving vast areas flooded.

Officials are planning to erect two "tent city" relief centers capable of housing about 4,000 people around hard-hit Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, said John Michael-Clark, co-chairman of the Bahamas disaster relief and reconstruction committee. "The warm and friendly people of The Bahamas, along with hotel and travel partners, from Bimini to Nassau and Paradise Island, The Exumas to Inagua, are ready to welcome travelers with open arms".

Jordan said in a statement Tuesday on Twitter through his spokeswoman Estee Portnoy that he's "devastated" at the destruction in the Bahamas, adding "my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones".

Dorian was packing sustained winds of 185mph (295km/h) when it made landfall at Elbow Cay on the Abacos on 1 September.

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".

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At a port in the island, more than 250 residents were boarding on a ship to evacuate to the capital Nassau.

As relief efforts got underway slowly, stirring frustration among locals, several Bahamians said they might attempt to emigrate to the United States rather than face an uncertain rebuilding at home.

After tourism, Hicks suggested donating to a reputable charity as the best way to help.

Brother's Brother is accepting donations for its relief efforts in the Bahamas, which include distributing medicines and hospital supplies and equipment. The relief agency is working from a list of necessities provided by the Bahamas' Public Hospitals Authority.

"This announcement is the latest example of the U.S. commitment to helping the people of The Bahamas after this devastating storm".

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