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13 Sep 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID contributes an additional $3.8 million for emergency response activities

  • EMTs provide health care services to affected communities in Abaco, Grand Bahama

  • Repairs underway to restore cellular services, power in worst-affected eastern Grand Bahama, northern Abaco

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

12 Sep 2019 description

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced that the United States is providing nearly $4 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people in The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian, which brings the total U.S. funding for this response to more than $10 million to date.

12 Sep 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

NASSAU/PANAMA/NEW YORK, 12 September 2019 – With the support of UNICEF, the Government of the Bahamas today begins registering approximately 10,000 students displaced by Hurricane Dorian to enroll them back as soon as possible in safe schools that have not been affected by the natural disaster.

12 Sep 2019 description
report Americares

Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 11, 2019 – Americares has deployed an emergency medical team to the Bahamas to meet the immediate health needs of families left homeless by Hurricane Dorian. Starting today, the team will be providing essential primary care services and lifesaving medicines, in a Nassau evacuation shelter housing more than 400 children and adults. The evacuees include families from the most devastated areas, including the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands.

12 Sep 2019 description

Hurricanes becoming more frequent and stronger

As the Bahamas counts the cost of the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian – a Category 5 storm, the strongest ever to hit the archipelago – the disaster has also provided another painful reminder ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September that storms are getting stronger and more frequent.

Dorian hovered over the island for a day and a half – creating wave after wave of destruction.

12 Sep 2019 description

Fast Facts

  • A tropical disturbance approaching the Bahamas is forecast to bring gusty winds and heavy rains, complicating assessment and recovery efforts
  • The official death count stands at 50, but thousands of people are reported missing, and the death toll is expected to rise as searches continue
  • Thousands of displaced people are living in government shelters or have left the Bahamas entirely

Situation Update

12 Sep 2019 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas – A number of Non-Governmental Organizations are partnering with the National Emergency Management agency, NEMA in bringing relief to residents of Grand Bahama in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

12 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, which reduced patient capacity from 86 beds to 10 beds.

How Samaritan's Purse is responding

12 Sep 2019 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) advises that due to the displacement of residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama, students aged 4-19 may register for placement in public schools beginning Thursday, 12th September and continuing until Friday, 11th October, 2019 between the hours of 9am – 5pm at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

Registration will take place on a scheduled basis, beginning with children residing in the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium, it was confirmed by officials at a NEMA press briefing on Wednesday, September 11.

12 Sep 2019 description

Following a request for assistance from the Bahamas, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated and relief, logistics and communications support are being sent by The Netherlands and by Luxembourg. In addition, the EU is mobilising €500,000 in humanitarian aid funding to assist those affected by Hurricane Dorian to address the most urgent needs for shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene.

12 Sep 2019 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, September 6, 2019. CCRIF will pay The Bahamas approximately eleven million United States dollars (US$10,936,103) following the passage of Hurricane Dorian that caused widespread devastation in the northern part of the 700-island archipelago. The Bahamas has 3 tropical cyclone policies with CCRIF, each one covering a section or zone of the archipelago – North West, South East and Central. It is the tropical cyclone policy for the North West Zone – which includes the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama – that was triggered.