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
- UNICEF: Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas Government and UNICEF to bring 10,000 displaced children back to school. 12 Sep 2019
- Govt. Bahamas: Hurricane Dorian: The Bahamas Daily Stats (17 September 2019). 18 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
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
Thursday, September 12, 2019
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.