Number of missing in Bahamas drops to 1,300

epa07826067 A destroyed plane, moved by the flood, is seen two blocks from the entrance to the Bahamas General airport after the pass of the hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas, 07 September 2019. The island was one of the first to get hit by Hurricane Dorian after she turned in to a category 5 hurricane. According to media reports, the official death toll is 23, but it is expected to rise further in coming days. EPA-EFE/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

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Emergency services in the Bahamas say the number of missing following Hurricane Dorian stands at 1,300.

The number is down from the 2,500 listed missing earlier this week.

The National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said the drop in numbers came after cross-referencing names of the missing with those in shelters.

Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas earlier this month killing at least 50. The death toll is expected to rise as the clean-up operation continues.

Dorian was packing sustained winds of 295km/h when it made landfall at Elbow Cay on the Abacos on 1 September.

It equalled the highest winds ever recorded for a hurricane at landfall when it struck the Abaco Islands.


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