Devastation in Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

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The Emergency Management Agency of The Bahamas says there are 2,500 people missing after Hurricane Dorian's strike on the island over a week ago.

The total may fall as it is cross-checked.

The Bahamas, an archipelago of more than 700 islands, are used to hurricanes - though nothing like Dorian, Hicks said.

The Bahamas death toll from the hurricane has risen to at least 50, health minister Duane Sands said in a message.

"As we all know, tourism is the most important industry in the Bahamas and we understand the lifeline it brings to residents across the islands", said Khosa.

He said tourists have been canceling their visits at what is already a slow time of year because of the storm, which experts say could hurt the economy as recovery efforts move forward.

In addition to the devastation in Abaco, Minnis said East Grand Bahama has been "laid to waste", and Freeport, West End and much of Grand Bahama "experienced awful destruction".

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"They've said they've got kind of a handle on how things are going, and basically I've been urged to pursue the course we're doing", DeSantis said.

More will come, with officials planning to erect two "tent city" relief centres 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.

He said that over the past day or so there had been a "significant reduction", however, in the numbers of people seeking to leave.

DeSantis, who on Monday said Florida is following the lead of the federal government in providing humanitarian assistance to the Bahamas, called the water donation a way of "supplementing" the federal relief effort. It's been nearly nine days since the hurricane made landfall over the Bahamas, where it remained for two days.

The cruise line was among the first to respond to the devastation caused to the region after the powerful Hurricane Dorian ripped through as a category 5 with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. "At this time, we do not plan to invoke Temporary Protected Status for those now in the United States", a White House official said.

"The people there want to help the people in the Bahamas", Samad said.

Some 15,000 people are still in need of shelter or food, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

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