HURRICANE DORIAN'S IMPACT
On September 1 the Abaco Islands began to experience the destructive conditions of Hurricane Dorian making landfall as a Category 5 hurricane at 16:40 UTC. Dorian is recorded as the strongest hurricane to strike the northwestern Bahamas. Around 12:30 PM AST, the eyeball of the Category 5 hurricane hit the Bahamas with gusts of over 200 mph (320 km/h).
On September 2 the Grand Bahama International Airport was underwater with a reported storm tide of 20 to 25 ft. The Bahamas prime minister, Hubert Minnis, said: “This is a deadly monster storm.” As the hurricane began moving away, a picture of the devastation in the Abaco Islands was reported in local newspapers, websites and news stations.
Marsh Harbour received “catastrophic damage,” according to ABC News. Over half of the homes were damaged and the Marsh Harbour International Airport was underwater. There was damage to trees and there were homes with roofs ripped off entirely.
An ABC reporter described the effects of the hurricane as “pure hell.” Many residents have died in the storm surge while even more have been reported missing. By Wednesday, the death toll was raised to twenty, according to the prime minister. By Thursday, property damage in the country was estimated at $7 billion, which is expected to make it the most destructive storm in the Bahama’s history.
MedGlobal is partnering with Project HOPE to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. More than 30 people are confirmed dead but that number is expected to rise.
MedGlobal will be collecting donations for medical relief and recruiting volunteers, if and when deployment is secured. Please donate to the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund today!
Dorian is now a Category 1 storm making its way up the East Coast of the United States.
As the picture is now more clear, there is huge devastation in Abaco and northern Bahamas which was the target of the eye of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian over the past few days. And the number of fatalities is only expected to increase as more search and rescue operations are undertaken.
Medical volunteers will be on standby until getting the approval of the Ministry of Health.
Please submit your information and availability to volunteer with MedGlobal and Project HOPE to provide the much-needed relief that the victims of the hurricane will require.
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