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About 2,500 people are feared missing in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, raising concerns the death toll may significantly rise beyond the 50 reported so far.

Thousands of homes were severely damaged or destroyed and parts of the Bahamas received up to 35in (89cm) of rain, leaving vast areas flooded.

He said the Bahamas would hold a national day of prayer, and named hurricane response coordinators for the two most-affected islands.

In Freeport, the largest city on Grand Bahama, rental auto company driver Clifton Williams said he was driving home Monday when he saw an illuminated streetlight for the first time since the hurricane. "The warm and friendly people of The Bahamas, along with hotel and travel partners, from Bimini to Nassau and Paradise Island, The Exumas to Inagua, are ready to welcome travelers with open arms". The strong Category 5 storm reached the Abacos on September 1 and stalled for two days as it slowly crossed Grand Bahama.

Hundreds of people are being housed in temporary shelters in the capital, Nassau.

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During an appearance with Florida Power and Light executives in West Palm Beach Tuesday, DeSantis said the USA and Bahamian governments were enacting policies "to not facilitate any special migration" by Bahamians whose homes were destroyed by the hurricane. "There were no lasting issues here, which is nice because most refugees have been coming here since the storm", he said. Despite challenges, the International Federation of Red Cross have started sending out relief supplies to the Bahamas.

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But the storm is estimated to have caused $5.2 billion in damages in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and along the US East Coast, according to insurance adjusters Karen Clark & Co.

Among the medicines Brother's Brother hopes to distribute are antibiotics and anti-diabetic drugs.

"We want to make sure that we completely understand the need before we show up", Samad said.

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