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The emergency authorities in the Bahamas estimate that the provisional number of missing persons after Hurricane Dorian passed through the archipelago is 2,500. The cyclone killed at least 50 people , according to official data.
At a press conference, the spokesman for the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Carl Smith , also insisted that the death toll will be higher.
However, he acknowledged that the figure of 2,500 can lower "something" since the number still has to be checked against those housed in shelters in New Providence where the capital, Nassau, is located.
On the other hand, the Government of the Bahamas today rejected the "false information" published in social networks and local media that point to Hurricane Dorian causing thousands of deaths in the archipelago.
The head of National Security of the Bahamas, Marvin Dames , told reporters on Wednesday feeling worried about the information that the death toll is around 3,000, mostly in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama , as well as some keys, the places most affected by the Cyclon.
"We have to be extremely cautious with this news, as they affect emotionally affected people, and when we publish this information on social networks or other media, things can get complicated," he said.
"I've heard people say that the government is hiding the bodies. Why do you think we do that? Just tell me, what do we gain from doing that?" Dames asked, noting that he would like to know where those bodies are "for then go get them back. "
He added that rescue teams continue to meticulously inspect the areas most affected by the passage of the cyclone.
"We can only count the bodies of those we find," Dames said, admitting that, due to heavy flooding, he fears that some will never be found.
Dorian struck with winds of category 5 , the maximum, some islands of the Bahamas and then traveled along the coast along the entire US coast, from central Florida to the north, and even reached the shores of Canada.
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