The nephew of actor Sidney Poitier has said that more than 23 members of his family are feared missing in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian.
Jeffrey Poitier, 66, said that as of Thursday there was still no news from the relatives, including his sister Barbara and his adult children in Freeport, Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian killed at least 46 people after it struck the Bahamas last Sunday as a Category 5 storm with winds as fast as 185mph.
Up to 70,000 people in the Bahamas are in need of ‘life-saving assistance’ while Great Abaco is said to be virtually uninhabitable, with bodies piled up and witnesses saying there is a ‘smell of death’ with corpses floating in the water.
Jeffrey said: ‘We still couldn’t find anyone, nor have we heard from them.
‘We are still looking for and waiting for them to appear soon. It has us all worried.
‘We are trying to reach out to them using every means available to us but we are not hearing anything. We are deeply worried.’
More than 500 Bahamians belong to the extended family of Sidney Poitier, the acclaimed actor who was born in Miami to Bahamian parents and who grew up in the Bahamas, according to Jeffrey Poitier.