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At least 2,500 people registered as missing in the Bahamas; oil spill spreads

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Smith said he's received images of bodies in body bags being brought into the local morgue.

"There has been quite a bit of bodies coming and going into the morgue," he said on Friday. "I don't know the amount. We don't know what the death toll will ultimately be."

Smith, the NEMA spokesperson, pushed back against criticism about a lack of government presence in Grand Bahama, where some people are complaining about aid not getting to survivors.

"There's no such thing as the government or NEMA not having a presence on the ground," he said.

He urged charities and NGOs who want to help evacuees to work directly with them, as "NEMA is focused on coordinating shelters and other support so Bahamians do not need to leave their home country. "

NEMA also noted that counseling was being provided to those searching for family members.


A representative from Bahamas Power and Light said the company anticipates restoring power to the southern part of Abaco in three weeks. The company has not completed assessment of the 15 affected cays, which could take months to restore.

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