The Bahamas - Hurricane Dorian, Fact Sheet #5 (September 9, 2019)
Number of deaths in The Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian reaches 45
An estimated 5,000 people evacuate Abaco between September 6 and 8
GoB, CARICOM deploy additional forces to bolster security for residents, relief workers in affected areas
The Government of The Bahamas (GoB) National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) continues to coordinate emergency operations in response to widespread destruction and acute humanitarian needs caused by Hurricane Dorian. In the worst-affected Abaco island group, relief actors—with support from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)—continue to reach, assess, and provide emergency assistance to newly accessible communities in remote areas.
Between September 6 and 8, approximately 5,000 people evacuated Abaco, primarily leaving from Marsh Harbour town and arriving to The Bahamas’ New Providence Island where the capital city of Nassau is located, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). Evacuees are residing in shelters established in and around Nassau or with relatives and community members. NEMA is working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to increase shelter capacity and provide food for the evacuees.
To enhance private sector engagement and encourage donation best practices for the Hurricane Dorian humanitarian response in The Bahamas, USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information activated a call center on September 9. USAID partner NeedsList has also established an online platform to match NGOs engaged in the response with private sector corporations interested in providing assistance to meet humanitarian needs