BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~** Broadcasters: MUST COURTESY "ZNS TV" Digital: *MUST COURTESY "ZNS TV"*~ Authorities in the Bahamas are working to put together a picture of the human cost of Hurricane Dorian more than a week after it ravaged the country.
On Wednesday (September 11), they said some 2,500 people are still missing and at least 50 are confirmed dead in the wake of the country's most powerful storm on record.
That number is expected to rise drastically.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says the government is ramping up efforts find those who had died.
PRIME MINISTER HUBERT MINNIS OF THE BAHAMAS, SAYING: "We will provide accurate, timely information on the loss of life as it is available.
We will first and foremost put the priority on notifying families, and giving them the help they need to grieve... Many are in despair, wondering if their loved ones are still alive....We will need as many spiritual resources as we need physical resources to rebuild lives and to recover.... Fellow Bahamians and residents, Hurricane Dorian is an historic tragedy." Minnis has also called for a national day of mourning, but did not specify when, saying flags will be flown at half mast on all public buildings to mourn the dead.
Dorian decimated houses and left an estimated 70,000 residents homeless before moving towards Canada.
Emergency officials say large tents have been put up to house the newly homeless in the capital Nassau, and there are plans to erect so-called "tent cities" to house thousands of survivors in one of the hardest hit areas.