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19 Sep 2019 description

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.

19 Sep 2019 description

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.

19 Sep 2019 description

Situation Update

• 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.

Situation Update

18 Sep 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

18 Sep 2019 description

FAST FACTS

  • 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.

18 Sep 2019 description

SITUATION

• 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.

18 Sep 2019 description

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.

18 Sep 2019 description
report Samaritan's Purse

Background

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.

How Samaritan’S Purse is responding

18 Sep 2019 description

Official Sources:

Hurricane Dorian

Atlantic – Caribbean Sea – Gulf of Mexico (Update)

18 Sep 2019 description

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.”

18 Sep 2019 description

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).

17 Sep 2019 description

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.

17 Sep 2019 description

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.

17 Sep 2019 description

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.

17 Sep 2019 description

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.

17 Sep 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 Sep 2019 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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.

16 Sep 2019 description
  • 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).