Hurricane Dorian - Aug 2019Ongoing
As of 9:30am (EST), TS Dorian is moving west-northwest near 20 km/h and is expected to turn northwest on 28 August. On the forecast track, Dorian will move across the eastern and northeastern Caribbean Sea during the next few days, passing near Puerto Rico and then eastern Hispaniola on 28 August and north of Hispaniola on 29 August. (OCHA, 27 Aug 2019)
Tropical Cyclone DORIAN passed over the Abaco islands (northern Bahamas) on 1 September as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 295 km/h. On 2 September at 3.00 UTC, its centre was over Grand Bahama Island with maximum sustained winds of 285 km/h. Parts of Marsh Harbour are flooded, and power and water outages reported. (ECHO, 2 Sep 2019)
Unconfirmed media reports from Abaco indicate badly damaged roofing and downed power lines, with some roads all but impassable. Flooding in Abaco is believed to have contaminated wells with saltwater. Data from the Pacific Disaster Center shows a potential need of 222,000 liters of water per day. North Abaco Minister of Parliament Darren Henfield reports that Abaco has suffered catastrophic damage and that there are casualties which have yet to be confirmed. Unconfirmed media reports also say that the Power and Light office in Abaco was flattened. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) indicates that there are reports of massive flooding in Grand Bahama as well. The Grand Bahama International Airport is said to be underwater. The Bahamian Defense Force was dispatched to rescue people in East Grand Bahama. (OCHA, 2 Sep 2019)
Dorian cleared Grand Bahama on 3 September, allowing teams in Bahamas to perform aerial reconnaissance and begin assessing the scope of the damage. Initial reports show severe widespread damage to housing and infrastructure across both Abaco and Grand Bahama. Bahamas is reporting at least seven deaths so far and are expecting this number to rise. Preliminary information on needs suggests that more than 60,000 people may need water and food assistance – further assessments are still pending. International organizations are making additional deployments of personnel and resources to support the Government and [NEMA]. (OCHA, 4 Sep 2019)
DORIAN passed 140-150 km east of Florida on 4 September as a Category 2 hurricane. On 5 September at 3.00 UTC, its centre was 155 km east of Georgia's central coast, with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h (Category 3 hurricane). Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge are affecting the coast of central Florida, north and central South Carolina. At least 20 fatalities have been reported in the Bahamas, 17 in the Abacos and 3 in Grand Bahama. According to [WFP], more than 76,000 people were affected and are in need of immediate humanitarian relief. Power outages have been reported across Florida's east coast. (ECHO, 5 Sep 2019)
The number of fatalities following Tropical Cyclone DORIAN's passage in The Bahamas has reached 45, including 37 in Abaco and 8 in Grand Bahama. Most Abaco residents have evacuated to New Providence Island, while shelters in Nassau City are at maximum capacity, as reported by U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Various government authorities and humanitarian partners are assisting the affected population with food and relief kits. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated on 4 September following a request from the Bahamian government and relief, logistics and communications support are being sent by The Netherlands and Luxembourg. (ECHO, 10 Sep 2019)
One week after initial landfall, the official death toll from Hurricane Dorian stands at 50 in Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands. Thousands still remain missing. An estimated 90 percent of housing and infrastructure on Abaco Island is damaged or destroyed, with many homes still without power.An estimated 5,000 people have been evacuated by government, military, and private boats and aircraft. An estimated 6,000-7,000 people remain on the affected islands; however, evacuations are ongoing. (WFP, 10 Sep 2019)
Most read reports
- OCHA: Bahamas: Hurricane Dorian Situation Report No. 04 (as of 15 September 2019). 16 Sep 2019
- Govt. Bahamas: Hurricane Dorian: The Bahamas Daily Stats (17 September 2019). 18 Sep 2019
- UNICEF: Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas Government and UNICEF to bring 10,000 displaced children back to school. 12 Sep 2019
- OCHA: Bahamas: Hurricane Dorian Situation Report No. 02 (as of 10 September 2019). 10 Sep 2019
- American Red Cross: Red Cross Commits Initial $2M to Help Bahamas, Helps Evacuees Coming to U.S.. 10 Sep 2019
A Commonwealth facility designed to assist smaller and more vulnerable countries tackle the damaging effects of climate change has helped them access USD 27 million of funding.
The figure marks a milestone for the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub and is more than 35 times the original start-up investment of AUD 1 million from Australia. A further almost half billion USD has been applied for and is in the pipeline for climate action projects across the Commonwealth.
Switzerland is extending its humanitarian aid to the Bahamas. Around 70,000 people in the Caribbean island nation are now dependent on aid in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, which caused extensive damage and many deaths at the start of September. Five experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) were deployed to the affected area on 13 September. Relief supplies in the form of a drinking water system arrived in the Bahamas the day before.
• 13,800 Ready-to-Eat-Meals (MREs) have been delivered to affected communities across Abaco Island and neighboring cays.
• WFP continues to support NEMA/CDEMA and the humanitarian community in logistics, transport, and supply chain coordination.
Affected populations’ acute humanitarian needs largely met, NEMA reports
USAID provides additional funding to support health, shelter, WASH and other priority needs
DoD draws down aerial assets as response transitions to recovery
The official death count now stands at 51, but with 1,300 people still unaccounted for, that number expected to rise.
The flow of people displaced by the storm to government shelters has plateaued, with some 2,070 in 16 official shelters as of September 15, according to OCHA.
Air transportation is gradually being restored to pre-storm levels, according to OCHA. All airports in Abaco are either operating normally or operating with limited capacity. In Grand Bahama, only one airport remains non-operational.
• Hurricane Dorian made landfall over The Bahamas’ Abaco and Grand Bahama islands in early September 2019, causing at least 50 deaths as of September 9 and destroying livelihoods, homes, and other key infrastructure like bridges, factories, roads, shops, and communication networks. The destruction has prompted significant population displacement in Abaco, Grand Bahama, and smaller neighboring islands.
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell said Tuesday that the services, assistance and programmes offered by the Ministry, through its various Departments and Divisions, have been operating “business as usual” -- even while staff continue to play leading roles in the relief efforts in the aftermath of the monster hurricane, Dorian.
Minister Campbell said this includes social services personnel who themselves were adversely affected by the hurricane.
On September 1st, Hurricane Dorian impacted The Bahamas as a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 200mph. The hurricane remained stationary, battering the Grand Bahama and the Great Abaco islands through September 3rd . Hurricane Dorian brought heavy rains, storm surges, and winds causing severe damage and destruction to thousands of homes. The Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama experienced significant flooding rendering patient capacity from 86 beds to 10 beds.
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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and India have reaffirmed decades-old ties with the accreditation of a new envoy to CARICOM, His Excellency Dr. K. J Srinivasa.
In accepting his letters of credence on Thursday, last, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque described India as “an important partner for the Caribbean Community.”
The objective of SOPs is to describe the current procedures for the importation and temporary admission of relief consignments. This information is provided and validated by the department of Customs of the Bahamas.
A. INITIAL INFORMATION
On 2nd September 2019, the acting Minister of Finance has issued a Notice tariff act declaration of exigency (Annex 1). Please also find a notification on “How Individuals and Organizations Can Utilize the Exigency Order” (Annex 2).
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands said on the island of Abaco, clinics in Marsh Harbour, Fox Town, Moore’s Island and Sandy Point are all operational -- in Category 5 Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath -- and are being staffed by local nurses, relief healthcare workers from New Providence and volunteer teams.
“Cooper’s Town Clinic is partially operational due to sustained roof damage; currently this clinic is being staffed by a volunteer team,” the Health Minister explained during a press conference at his office, Monday, September 16, 2019.
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The National Emergency Management Agency, the governmental organization which leads the coalition of local, international governmental and nongovernmental partners assisting with the Hurricane Dorian emergency response management efforts, recently shared the operation’s progress from Immediate Response, the first phase to Recovery, the second phase.
Washington, DC – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) last week (13-14/09) held training sessions for Bangladeshi, Haitian and Filipino diaspora organizations during which participants focused on safer shelter in disaster response, preparedness and recovery.
The frequency and intensity of natural disasters force more people to flee their homes every day. Recent events like Hurricane Dorian earlier this month serve as a stark reminder of the need to rebuild more disaster-resilient shelters to help prevent or reduce displacement associated with natural hazards.
In the lead up to next week’s global climate summit in New York and barely two weeks after Hurricane Dorian battered The Bahamas, the Commonwealth’s top official is calling for urgent action to tackle climate change and its disastrous impacts.
Speaking at the UN Trade Forum in Geneva last week, co-organised by the UNCTAD, the Commonwealth and other partners, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland stressed the need for responses to the global climate crisis to be more coordinated and more swiftly implemented.
USG increases support for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts by nearly $11 million
SYG Guterres visits The Bahamas, commends GoB-led response
GoB looks toward recovery, focuses on restoring basic services and infrastructure
Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 storm, devastated the Bahamas from September 1 to 3, 2019. The islands most affected include Abaco and Grand Bahama. The death toll stands at 50 people, but as search and rescue efforts continue, the total is expected to rise.
Tropical Cyclone HUMBERTO passed approximately 100 km east of the north-western Bahamas - already devastated by the recent Hurricane DORIAN - on 14 September as a tropical storm. On 16 September at 3.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 330 km east of Daytona Beach (Florida, USA), with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (Category 1 Hurricane).