• April Muldrew

Prayers Still Needed for the Bahamas: 1300 Bahamians Remain Unaccounted for After Hurricane Dorian

Sighs. This is just…beyond alarming.

Officials on the Bahamas Island nation declared more than 1200 Bahamians have been registered unaccounted for by loved ones.

The official death toll from the hurricane on September 2nd remains at only 50 , but authorities say they expect it to climb dramatically and warned many victims may have been washed out to sea and may never be recovered.

The individuals that haven't been accounted for in the deadly storm have been registered on the Bahamian government's missing persons registry, Carl Smith, a spokesman for the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency, said at a news conference last Wednesday.

Additionally, Bahamian officials said 2,500 people were originally listed on the registry, but as officials began to check the list against government records of people staying in shelters or who have been evacuated, they dramatically reduced the list by 1,200 names.

As far as aid goes, celebrities continue to lend a helping hand with the latest being Reigning Masters golf champion Tiger Woods and singer Justin Timberlake.

Woods announced last Thursday that he and Timberlake would be partnering with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the international hospitality real estate development company Nexus Luxury Collection, and the luxury resort community The Albany, Bahamas, to establish the ONE Bahamas Fund with $6 million and challenged others to donate and help reach a goal of $12 million.

Another celeb pledging to aid in the relief and restoration of the Bahamas is NBA legend Michael Jordan. The 6-time NBA champion wrote in a statement that he was devastated to see the destruction caused by #HurricaneDorian and that he would be donating $1 million to organizations assisting in the recovery of the catastrophic storm.

According to the United Nations, the Hurricane left 76,000 people homeless and in need of assistance in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island.

If you feel led to donate, you can do so here: https://www.onebahamasfund.org/

via abcnews