UPDATE: Hurricane Dorian Batters Bahamas

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On September 1, Hurricane Dorian passed over the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane. The storm caused extensive damage, and BGR partners are evaluating the best way to respond. Read the updates below for the most current information from Baptist Global Response.

September 3, 2019

Hurricane Dorian remains stationary over the main Bahamian islands of Grand Bahama and Greater Abaco, and the death toll has now risen to five. Tidal surges 12-18 feet tall have flooded the main airport, preventing disaster response teams from entering the affected areas.

The majority of Grand Bahama is submerged, with gale-force winds continuing to cause infrastructure damage. Communications are limited at this time, but BGR has remained in close contact with Baptist partners in the region and has authorized $50,000 for initial emergency relief to be used by assessment teams where most needed. We are expecting more updates in the coming days.

In the meantime, please give to the Hurricane Dorian Disaster Response Fund below. Your gift will equip BGR partners to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people affected by Hurricane Dorian.

September 2, 2019

Pray for the people of the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian has been battering their islands since late Sunday, early Monday morning September 1st and 2nd. Initial reports talk of extensive damage to structures (mainly roofing) and other properties. Tidal surges of several feet have been reported in some places.

BGR is in contact with local Baptist partners in the Bahamas in efforts to gain an initial assessment of needs. We are also evaluating if and when to send outside assessors to aid our local Baptist partners. At this point, the storm is still active, and the situation is fluid. We will know more in the next few days.

Pray also for BGR as we seek the most effective and efficient ways to help our Baptist partners in the response.

Donations for disasters such as this are always needed. If you would like to help with the response in the Bahamas, please give below.

Follow updates on our Disaster Response page.

 

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