Dorian's toll: Bahamas officials say 2500 missing in storm's wake

Katya Saunders president of the Bahamian Students Association is leading a relief effort to help her home country rebuild following Hurricane Dorian

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has canceled regular upcoming sailings to the Bahamas so it can sail Hurricane Dorian relief missions. The group also landed in Freeport, Grand Bahama to meet with the US Air Force's team conducting an assessment of the Grand Bahama International Airport's runway as part of a larger US government effort to help bring the airport's operations back online.

What is on the new list?

Thousands of people are in shelters on the islands and officials have warned the number of dead is likely to rise substantially.

Carl Smith, a spokesman for the country's National Emergency Management Agency, said he expects the list to shrink as it is checked.

"At this point there are approximately 2,500 on the Bahamian government register", Mr Smith said at a press conference.

However, Bahamas officials earlier conceded the final death toll could be "staggering".

At least 50 people have died in the Bahamas after the slow-moving, Category 5 hurricane stuck the islands.

Some 6,000 to 7,000 remain, according to a report by the UN World Food Programme.

At a port in the island, more than 250 residents were boarding on a ship to evacuate to the capital Nassau. The town was devastated by the hurricane, which flattened shanty towns known as the Mudd and Pigeon Peas.

On Monday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance saying Bahamians arriving to the United States by sea needed a visa.

What happened when the storm struck?

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

More will come, with officials planning to erect two "tent city" relief centers capable of housing around 4,000 people around hard-hit Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, John Michael-Clark, co-chairman of the Bahamas' disaster relief and reconstruction committee, told reporters this week.

Matt Hicks, an Apollo native who has lived in the Bahamas for more than four years, said he agrees with the country's Ministry of Tourism that, well, tourism is among the best ways to help.

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