UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Bahamas authorities said 2,500 people were still missing more than a week after Hurricane Durian hit the Caribbean islands, although the number was likely to include shelters.
Prime Minister Hubert Menes said in a televised speech on Wednesday that the death toll from the hurricane was still 50, but he acknowledged the large number of missing meant the death toll would rise.
“The death toll is expected to increase sharply,” Menes said, adding that the government was transparent and would release “information on victims as they become available.”
Emergency officials told a separate news conference that the list of missing persons had not yet been matched with the records of displaced people or thousands of residents who had moved to shelters.
Hurricane Durian swept through the Bahamas on September 1 as a Category 5 hurricane on the Safire-Simpson hurricane scale of five, and was one of the heaviest Atlantic hurricanes to hit land. The hurricane was accompanied by winds of 298 kilometers per hour.
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