Hurricane Dorian – Disaster Response Update

Published: 10 Sep 2019

Hurricane Dorian – Disaster Response Update

MAF is continuing to provide staff to Samaritan's Purse (SP) and Missionary Flight International (MFI) to aid them in their response to Hurricane Dorian which hit the Bahamas on 1, September.

Images Samaritan's Purse (used with permission) and Mission Aviation Fellowship.  

Reports say there are 70,000 people homeless in Abaco and the surrounding islands including many Bahamans and Haitian refugees.

At least 43 people have died, a figure that’s expected to rise as more bodies are recovered by search and rescue teams. Hurricane survivors continue to be evacuated from the worst-hit areas to other islands.  

Urgent medical care

MAF Disaster Response staff John Woodberry (flight ops support), Brent Palmer (Caravan pilot) have been shipping equipment and supporting medical teams to set up an Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport. The 40-bed hospital with it's emergency, outpatient and obstetrics facilities and operating theatres, will help meet the numerous medical needs amongst the hurricane survivors.

Shelter arrives

A delivery of tarps by Samaritans Purse was distributed to an estimated 4,000 people in need of shelter on Abaco island. A further delivery will be transported by helicopter to other devastated islands. 

Help where it's needed

MAF’s John Gorenflo and Vaughan Woodward have been securing flight permission and approvals to conduct relief flights into the Bahamas as well as identifying partners on the ground to receive the aid.

On Saturday, John Gorenflo accompanied an MFI DC3 to West End, Grand Bahamas, to deliver 3,629kg of relief supplies. At the same time, Vaughan Woodward arranged flight clearances and the forward loading of 10,886kg of aid including water, food and personal hygiene supplies for the Salvation Army.

Further preparations were made over the weekend to enable flights to Freeport and Scotland Cay and the transport of 12, 247kg of further aid. More are flights are anticipated in the coming days.

Please pray

Please pray for the people of the Bahamas as well as the teams working hard to bring them relief. There are fears of an outbreak of diarrhoea and waterborne diseases including cholera due to unsafe drinking water could appear.

Please pray for the people of the Bahamas  

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