BAHAMAS (PM) — A provisional list of the missing in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian has 2,500 names, officials reported Wednesday.
However, the nation’s government declared those names haven’t yet been checked against rosters listing those evacuated from the islands or in shelters in light of the mass devastation due to the storm, according to the Associated Press.
As a result, the list of those missing is likely to shrink, Carl Smith, a spokesman for the Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency, told the AP.
The death toll in the Bahama islands as a result of the hurricane was 50 as of Wednesday, but this count is presumed to rise as crews in the Caribbean islands are still scanning for survivors. Nearly 70,000 people were left homeless because of the hurricane.
“The number of deaths is expected to significantly increase,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in a national address on Wednesday, according to the AP.