Torrential rain, storm-force winds… Hurricane Dorian, making its way towards the Southeast coast of the States, has already left 20 dead and resulted in unprecedented material damage in the Bahamas.

Monaco, 06/09/2019 – On 1st September 2019, Hurricane Dorian hit the northern Bahamas with winds of up to 298km/h. For 2 days, the Abaco islands and Grand Bahama were battered by what is known as a stationary hurricane.

The Red Cross is supporting communities in Abaco, Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian

 

On 2nd September, the Government of the Bahamas declared a state of emergency. Although the work of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s assessment missions has been slowed by catastrophic weather conditions, we expect the death toll to rise further in the next few days.

200 volunteers from the Bahamas Red Cross are working relentlessly to help the families affected. Whole sites are still inaccessible, whilst all sources of drinking water are potentially contaminated. Grand Bahama’s main hospital is no longer operational, only the Marsh Harbour Hospital (Abaco islands) is able to accommodate 400 people. Thousands of people need food and water.

After releasing an emergency fund to provide immediate assistance to 500 families, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is implementing a project to offer aid to 5000 families (approximately 20,000 people). We need your help to provide shelter, hygiene and sanitation kits and means of subsistence (cooking kits, blankets), an emergency health system, first aid and psychosocial support for victims, as well as to enable the population to overcome this tragedy and continue to live with dignity.

To help, please make a donation

  • In cash at our head office, or by cheque payable to the Monaco Red Cross, indicating “Hurricane Dorian”
  • By credit card on our website croix-rouge.mc selecting “Hurricane Dorian” in the scroll-down menu.

All donations will be used for this project. A very big thank you for your support.

 

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