NEMA spokesman Carl Smith told reporters that some of the missing people may eventually be located.
“At this point, there are approximately 2,500 individuals registered on the Bahamian government register (of missing people),” Smith said.
“This list has not yet been checked against government records of who is staying in shelters or who have been evacuated,” he said.
“Some individuals who have been evacuated from Abaco and Grand Bahama have not yet registered with social services,” Smith said. “As we are able to cross reference our data sets we will be able to inform family members and reunite survivors with loved ones.”
At least 50 people died in the hurricane, which slammed into the northern Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, and officials have said they expect the number to rise significantly.
“We’re not going to speculate on what the final numbers will be,” Smith said. “We understand that people are concerned and so are we.” (AFP)