Actor Sidney Poitier's cousin has said that more than 23 members of his family are feared missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Jeffrey Poitier, 66, said there was no news from family members from Thursday, including his sister Barbara and his grown children in Freeport, Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian killed at least 46 people after it hit the Bahamas last Sunday as a Category 5 storm with winds as fast as 185mph.
Up to 70,000 people in the Bahamas & # 39; s have life-saving help & # 39; needed, while Great Abaco is virtually uninhabitable, with piled up bodies and witnesses saying there is a & # 39; odor of death & # 39; is with corpses floating in the water.
Jeffrey Poitier, 66, said there was no news from family members from Thursday, including his sister Barbara and his grown children in Freeport, Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian killed at least 46 people after it hit the Bahamas like a Category 5 storm last Sunday with winds as fast as 185 mph
A woman walks through a destroyed neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Great Abaco, Bahamas.
An aerial view of the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas.
The image above shows the devastation that remained after the storm passed the island of Abaco. The death toll of the devastating Hurricane Dorian will be & # 39; staggering & # 39; are still with thousands of missing, officials have warned amid reports that looters & # 39; are trying to shoot people & # 39; in the scramble for food and water
Damaged houses and debris are seen on the devastated Great Abaco Island on Thursday, Hurricane Dorian hit the island chain as a category 5 storm that smashed them for two days before heading north. A huge international relief effort was staged today as survivors revealed horrific details of the & # 39; apocalyptic & # 39; aftermath of the 185 mph, Category 5 storm.
Jeffrey said: & # 39; We still couldn't find anyone, nor have we heard of them.
& # 39; We are still looking and waiting for them to appear soon. It worries us all.
& # 39; We try to reach them with all available means, but we hear nothing. We are very worried. & # 39;
More than 500 Bahamians belong to the extended family of Sidney Poitier, the acclaimed actor who was born in Miami to Bahamian parents and grew up in the Bahamas, according to Jeffrey Poitier.
Mike Lowe, who is half-blind and has diabetes, walks past a boat that flew ashore on Great Abaco Island on Friday. A survivor, Alicia Cooke, burst into tears when she revealed: “Everything is gone, people are starting to panic. Looting, looting, people try to shoot at food and water. It is simply not possible for everyone to come out. & # 39;
A man drives his bicycle through the rubble, with broken trees and piles of wood scattered across the landscape today in Marsh Harbor. Hundreds have gathered in the hope of being evacuated today, but the efforts are complicated by flooded runways at Grand Bahama International Airport.
Hundreds of people are waiting at Marsh Harbor Port on Friday to be evacuated to Nassau after the hurricane destroyed the island
A view of a looted supermarket after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbor, Bahamas on September 5. Milities are formed to stop looting in the devastated Bahamas while the real impact of Hurricane Dorian begins to emerge
Hurricane Dorian landed on the islands last Sunday. It caused massive destruction and turned houses into matches and damaged airports and a public hospital.
Jeffery Poitier, who is also an actor and divides his time between New Orleans and Cat Island in the Bahamas, said he had repeatedly tried to call his sister without answer.
He hoped to fly by helicopter to the Freeport area later today to search for her.
& # 39; It was very daunting, very disappointing and very stressful for all of us here in America. It's not easy to have to wait for news to find out what happened to your family. I am very worried, & he said.
A boat is grounded in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in Marsh Harbor, Abaco Island. Hundreds of desperate survivors gathered in the harbor in Great Abaco on Friday, hoping to get rid of the island devastated by hurricanes, amid signs of increasing frustration over the pace of disaster relief.
The Wildcat helicopter, which operates from Royal Fleet auxiliary ship Mounts Bay – which has been stationed in the Caribbean since June in readiness for the hurricane season
Catastrophic flooding in the Marsh Harbor community on Great Abaco Island can be seen from above on Thursday
Once luxury homes in the city of Marsh Harbor are completely destroyed after the hurricane tore through the islands
Debris from houses is scattered throughout the landscape and sinks into the water, while a boat is thrown ashore by the wind
Poitier said he had to return to Nassau this weekend for the planned funeral of another uncle, Reginald Poitier, a family patriarch who died in the late 90s last month.
& # 39; We are all here to support each other in both tragedies & # 39 ;, he said.
Another relative, Kimberly Poitier, said she was looking for relatives from her home in Tampa, Florida, and had sent a group message hoping to take relatives in the Bahamas into consideration.
She said she had come into contact with a family of cousins who had escaped by boat from flooding in Freeport, including a woman named Barbara. For a moment the family tried to find out if that could be Jeffrey Poitier's sister.
But after seeing a photo, Jeffery Poitier said in a text message that his sister was still not responsible.
& # 39; It's someone else, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I'm worried and waiting for news, news is enough for now. I need to know. & # 39;
A man wanders aimlessly through the rubble and debris on Friday in the Mudd neighborhood of Marsh Harbor, on the Abaco Islands
Hundreds of people with bags are waiting when baggage is evacuated on Friday in private boats in the harbor of Marsh Harbor. Many are transported to North Eleuthera, where they would later be moved to Nassau.
The Bahamas faces a humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, since at least 70,000 people are in need of & # 39; life-saving assistance & # 39; and the death toll, which reached Thursday 30, is expected to rise. Aliana Alexis, from Haiti, is Thursday in the wreck of her house in a slum called The Mudd in Marsh Harbor on Great Abaco Island
A woman comforts a man who cries after discovering his shattered home and knows nothing about his eight family members living there, missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in High Rock, Grand Bahama, on Thursday
Hurricane Dorian & # 39; s eye, timelapse captured by ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano during his mission to the international space station ISS
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