Hurricane Dorian Relief

Samaritan’s Purse is responding to medical and humanitarian needs

Samaritan’s Purse has treated over 2,500 patients to date in our Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport on Grand Bahama, treating patients for a variety of injuries, illnesses, and other medical issues. In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we airlifted the mobile facility along with a large medical team at the request of the World Health Organisation and the Bahamas government.

The 40-bed hospital can receive up to 100 patients daily and features an operating room with capacity for ten surgeries per day, as well as an obstetrics ward with delivery room.

Our DC-8 has made 14 airlifts carrying over 279 tonnes of emergency aid while our helicopter and Cessna Caravan plane have made over 190 and 90 flights respectively, shuttling personnel and relief items.

In addition to delivering aid to communities on Grand Bahama and Great Abaco Island, our teams are also distributing tarps, generators, solar lights, and hygiene kits to numerous remote communities such as Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay, and Moore’s Island.

With freshwater sources in many areas unsafe for drinking, we’ve mobilised our desalination units to move from community to community converting seawater into drinking water.

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  • Dorian made multiple landfalls in the Bahamas on Sept. 1. Then the storm stalled over the islands for almost two days, pounding the hardest hit areas, in particular Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands (i.e. Marsh Harbour).
  • Thousands of houses were severely damaged or destroyed—70,000 people are reported homeless.
  • At least 45 people were killed, likely many more. Hundreds are still missing.
  • Dorian was one of the most severe Atlantic storms on record and perhaps the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas.
  • Emergency rescues continue across the islands. The death toll has climbed to 30 and will likely continue to rise.
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The people of the Bahamas are in desperate straits after their archipelago was hit by deadly Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm packing sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts up to 225 mph.

“Families in the Bahamas are suffering,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Please join me in praying for everyone affected by this hurricane, and for our teams as we respond in Jesus’ Name.”

“Please join me in praying for everyone affected by this hurricane, and for our teams as we respond in Jesus’ Name.”
—Franklin Graham

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