With 1,300 people still missing, according to the Bahamian government, relief services are focused on search and rescue.
A tropical cyclone is forecasted to move across the northwestern Bahamas in the coming days, potentially bringing more rain and wind to islands already devastated by Hurricane Dorian, the United States National Hurricane Center warned Thursday.
The Miami-based hurricane center issued a tropical storm warning for islands including hurricane-hit Abacos and Grand Bahama, saying the system could become a tropical depression or storm before making landfall as early as Friday.
Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 storm, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record to hit land, packing top sustained winds of 298 kilometers per hour.
The tropical cyclone is not expected to bring anywhere near that level of devastation, but is capable of winds of 30 miles per hour and two to four inches of rain through Sunday, according to the hurricane center.
Aid groups rushed shelter material to residents living in the shells of former homes or whose homes had been stripped of their roofs.
"We're seeing plastic tarps go out all over the islands, and that's extremely important because now you've got another tropical storm coming," said Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs for U.S. relief organization Samaritan's Purse.
About 1,300 people are listed as missing in the hurricane’s aftermath, although the government has cautioned that it still needs to check names against the rosters of people evacuated from the devastated islands or staying in shelters.
The Prime Minister of the Bahamas Hubert Minnis on Wednesday said the official death toll was 50 but was expected to rise.
Minnis said there were problems coordinating aid due to the level of devastation and he was trying to remove "bureaucratic roadblocks."
Officials have erected large tents in Nassau to house those made homeless by Dorian and plan to erect tent cities on Abaco capable of sheltering up to 4,000 people.
A great amount of aid has caused bottlenecks at docks and airports, creating "a lot of delays" in relief supplies, said Nat Abu-Bonsrah of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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Donated items will be turned over to the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Antigua, for shipping to the Bahamas.
Due to a shortage of functioning vehicles and facilities on Grand Bahama, the group turned to church members to lend their cars and kitchens for its program providing hot meals to over 400 people a day in Freeport.
“We’ve not been able to reach them as much as we want," he said of efforts to get hundreds of hygiene kits to survivors.
Groups like Samaritan's Purse, with their aircraft or logistics chains, said they had not encountered issues with coordination or government red tape.
"I think we're accomplishing our mission, any roadblocks we have right now are our own," said Dennis Clancey, a field operations manager for relief group Team Rubicon, which has deployed mobile medical units to treat patients.