Authorities in the Bahamas said there are roughly 2,500 people registered as missing in the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s devastating onslaught.
The official count was announced by National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Carl Smith during a press conference.
“This list has not yet been checked against government records of who are staying in shelters or who have been evacuated,” Carl Smith told reporters.
The total may fall as it is cross-checked. Search and rescue operations continue more than a week after Dorian made landfall on the Bahamas last Sunday. Smith said more than 5,000 people had evacuated to New Providence.
The official death toll has risen in the time since to 50 people, but authorities have cautioned that number is likely to rise significantly as workers make their way through the ruins.
Dorian slammed into the Bahamas over a week ago as one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record, packing top sustained winds of 185 miles (298 km) per hour.