44 dead and 70,000 people homeless in Bahamas

Created on: 9th September 2019

A Christian Charity is on the ground to assist the 70,000 people who are now homeless on Grand Bahama

44 have been found dead on the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands, the parts of the Bahamas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis described destruction caused by the hurricane that hovered over the islands for nearly two days as “one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history.” Hundreds are still reported as missing.

With the death toll rising and survivors in desperate need of supplies and medical care, numerous organizations are coordinating relief efforts. Among the groups helping to distribute aid are the Christian organizations Convoy of Hope and Samaritan’s Purse.

Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational, evangelical Christian disaster relief organization, says its team of more than 60 staff members have been on the ground in the Bahamas since Sept. 4. At the request of the World Health Organization and the government of the Bahamas, they set up an emergency field hospital and flew in a team of medical specialists, including doctors and nurses.

The 40-bed facility has “an outpatient department and emergency room, equipped to serve up to 100 patients a day,” Samaritan’s Purse said. The field hospital is also equipped with an obstetrics ward with a delivery room, and an operating room where as many as 10 surgeries can be performed each day.

Bev Kauffeldt of Samaritan's Purse gave a disaster relief update on the organization’s website and described seeing reports that the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport had been severely damaged by floodwaters, highlighting the need for the field hospital. Their DC-8 aircraft, which has already transported over 12 disaster response teams and more than 30 tons of emergency relief items, will continue to transport aid for as long as it's needed, she said.

Posted by David Pilkington

Extract from https://www.christianpost.com

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