AT LEAST 23 members of Sidney Poitier’s family are missing in the aftermath of killer Hurricane Dorian, according to the actor’s nephew.
Jeffrey Poitier, 66, said was no news of the relatives – including his own sister and adult children from the devastated Bahamas.
Sidney Poitier’s family are feared missing in the aftermath of killer Hurricane Dorian[/caption]
The deadly storm killed at least 46 people after it struck the Bahamas last Sunday as a Category 5 storm with winds topping 225mph.
Up to 70,000 people in the Bahamas are in need of ‘life-saving assistance’ while the island of Great Abaco has the “smell of death” with corpses floating in the water.
“We still couldn’t find any, nor have we heard from them,” said Poitier in a telephone interview from the Bahamas.
“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 the acclaimed actor who was born in Miami to Bahamian parents and who grew up on the islands, according to Jeffrey.
Dorian made landfall in the islands last Sunday as a Category 5 hurricane, one of the most powerful ever recorded.
It caused mass destruction turning houses into matchsticks and damaging airports and a public hospital. At least 46 people have been confirmed dead.
Jeffery, who is also an actor and who splits his time between New Orleans and the Bahamas, said he had tried calling his sister repeatedly without an answer.
He hoped to fly to the Freeport area by helicopter later on tonight to search for her himself.
“It’s been very discouraging, very disappointing and very stressful for all of us here in the Americas. It is not easy having to wait for news to find out what happened to your family. I am very worried,” he said.
He added he would have to return to Nassau over the weekend for the planned funeral of another uncle, Reginald Poitier, a family patriarch who died last month in his late 90s.
“We are all here to support one another in both tragedies,” he said.
Another relative, Kimberly Poitier, said she had been searching for family members from her home in Tampa, Florida, and had sent out a group message hoping to account for relatives in the Bahamas.
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She said she had gotten in touch with a family of cousins who had escaped by boat from flooding in Freeport, including a woman named Barbara.
For a brief moment, the family tried to figure out whether that could be Jeffrey’s sister.
But after seeing a photo, Jeffery Poitier said in a text message that his sister was still unaccounted for.
“It’s someone different,” he said.”I am worried and waiting for news,any news will do for now. I need to know.”
An aerial view of the damage caused by Dorian on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas[/caption]
Dorian left a trail of destruction in its wake with hundreds feared dead[/caption]
An armed army officer beside a line up those wait for evacuation from Abaco[/caption]