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Bahamas: Officials Yet To Finalise Dorian ‘Missing’

OFFICIALS are still cross-referencing lists of missing persons as a result of Hurricane Dorian and a decision on when such a full list will be made public will be made by police, according to Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell.

Yesterday, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands also weighed in on the matter saying the process is slow because it has to be done correctly.

“This is disappointingly slow but I think it’s very important to get it right,” Dr Sands said outside Cabinet yesterday.

“We don’t want to have a repeat of one number here another number here and so on and so forth,” he added, referring to the difference between figures given recently by Mr Campbell and Minister of National Security Marvin Dames. “So however long it takes to get it right that’s how long it’ll take.”

On October 9, Mr Campbell told Parliament 1,208 were missing according to the Ministry of Social Services’ records. He said the department would release a list of the missing people in local dailies. However, that process was halted by Mr Dames, who has said police have responsibility for dealing with missing people.

Mr Dames has since said the number of people reported missing is now 282.

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