Bahamas emergency services have listed approximately 2,500 people as missing after Hurricane Dorian.
According to the BBC this official count suggests the death toll will be much higher than the current 50.
It adds though that the number of missing has yet to be checked against those in shelters and should fall as more persons become accounted for.
The list was announced by Carl Smith, a spokesman for the country’s National Emergency Management Agency (Nema).
Dorian equalled the highest winds ever recorded for a hurricane at landfall when it struck the Abaco Islands.
Large areas were devastated on the Abacos and on Grand Bahama.
Aid and government officials say about 5,000 people have been evacuated from the two hardest hit island groups, though some 6,000 to 7,000 remain.