Hurricane Dorian hit only a small section of the Bahamas’ 700 islands, but the Category 5 storm still inflicted “generational devastation,” Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.
Dorian pounded the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama for days with winds up to 185 mph and heavy rains that flooded neighborhoods in brown water and wiped out large swaths of homes on the two islands, which are home to about 70,000 people.
While search and rescue operations were underway, Dorian’s death toll jumped from seven to 20 on Wednesday. That tally is expected to rise over the next few days.
The Bahamian government has deployed hundreds of first responders to the affected islands. The U.S. Coast Guard, Britain’s Royal Navy, the United Nations and the Red Cross are rushing food and medicine to survivors and airlifting critical patients out of the area, according to the Associated Press.
The only international airport on the island of Grand Bahama was devastated and cannot serve as a staging ground for medical evacuations or emergency aid deliveries, the Associated Press reported.
Minnis said people wishing to help could donate to the Salvation Army, which works closely with the Bahamian government’s National Emergency Management Agency.
Want to help?
The following organizations are also providing relief in the aftermath of Dorian.
The Red Cross: Providing shelter supplies and psychological support for storm victims.
Global Giving: Established Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to provide emergency supplies and long-term rebuilding assistance.
World Central Kitchen: Provides food to people after natural disasters.
HeadKnowles: Bahamian organization that organized relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 has started a GoFundMe page.
Yacht Aid Global: Has set up “Operation Topaz” to bring emergency supplies to Grand Bahama and Abaco islands via private yachts.
Team Rubicon: An organization of military veterans that provides disaster relief in the Bahamas.
Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation: Established by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, offers suggestions on how to help, including several addresses where donors can drop off supplies in the United States.
Source: The New York Times