The Bahamas is to have a national day of mourning for victims of Hurricane Dorian. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, who made the announcement Wednesday night in a radio and television broadcast, also ordered that all flags be flown at half-mast on public buildings. An estimated 2,500 people are listed as missing in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian crashed ashore more than a week ago. Dorian flattened homes after it made landfall on September 1, killing at least 50 people. The death toll is expected to rise as search-and-rescue crews scour through the ruins in Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Carl Smith, Spokesperson for Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency, said the missing persons list is preliminary and all the names have not been confirmed against government records and evacuees. He is urging people to continue submitting missing person reports through the hotline or visiting the social services office, which is handling the missing people register. Several hundred people who evacuated the damaged islands are living in emergency tents around the capital, Nassau. Many more are in gymnasia and other temporary shelters. Power has returned to much of Grand Bahama, but the electrical infrastructure around Marsh Harbour, Abaco’s largest city, was destroyed. No temporary protected status Meanwhile, it is being reported that the United States does not plan to invoke temporary protected immigration status for Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. The TPS program is designed to prevent foreigners from being deported to countries facing civil unrest or the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster. A White House official on Wednesday dismissed suggestions it could be opened to victims of Hurricane Dorian.
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