IsraAID Sends Aid to Hurricane-Hit Bahamas
Israeli NGO to send emergency support to Caribbean nation after Hurricane Dorian
03 September 2019. For immediate release:
As Hurricane Dorian lashes the Bahamas with winds of up to 295 km/hr, Israeli humanitarian aid agency IsraAID is preparing to send emergency support. While the full scale of Dorian’s devastation is still unclear, at least five people are reported killed and as many as 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. The hurricane made landfall on Grand Bahama in the early hours of Monday morning, continuing to batter the island all day. Dorian is projected to continue towards the southeastern United States, with coastal areas in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina at risk.
IsraAID’s Emergency Response team will distribute urgent relief supplies, offer Psychological First Aid, and deploy water filters to restore access to drinking water, while conducting further needs assessments in affected communities. In 2018, IsraAID Emergency Response teams reached 26,300 people with safe water, psychological and community support, and relief following nine disasters in seven countries. This year, IsraAID has launched emergency missions to Mozambique, following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in March, and Colombia, as the country receives as many as 5,000 people per day fleeing the ongoing humanitarian crisis in neighboring Venezuela.
In recent years, the humanitarian NGO has responded to repeated hurricanes in the region, including Irma and Michael in Florida, Florence in North Carolina, Harvey in Texas, and Maria in Dominica and Puerto Rico. IsraAID’s teams are still on the ground in Dominica and Puerto Rico, supporting communities as they recover and rebuild, nearly two years after Hurricane Maria.
Donations to support IsraAID’s disaster relief efforts in the Bahamas can be made through the IsraAID Emergency Response Fund.