On September 1st, Hurricane Dorian impacted The Bahamas as a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 200mph. The hurricane remained stationary, battering the Grand Bahama and the Great Abaco islands through September 3rd . Hurricane Dorian brought heavy rains, storm surges, and winds causing severe damage and destruction to thousands of homes. The Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama experienced significant flooding rendering patient capacity from 86 beds to 10 beds.
How Samaritan’S Purse is responding
To date, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered over 220 metric tons of emergency relief supplies to two islands in the Bahamas. Currently, Samaritan’s Purse has over 100 staff members across three islands.
To date, Samaritan’s Purse has completed the following on Grand Bahama Island:
Served over 700 patients and including surgeries and minor procedures at the Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital.
Distributed over 5,000 tarps.
Distributed over 5,500 blankets.
To date, Samaritan’s Purse has completed the following on Great Abaco Island:
Distributed approximately 9,400 liters of clean water.
Distributed over 3,500 tarps.
Distributed over 2,000 hygiene kits.
Distributed over 5,500 solar-powered lights.
Distributed over 300 (1.4Kw) generators.