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USG Increases Support for Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts by Nearly $11 Million

SYG Guterres visits Bahamas, praises GoB response

GoB seeks recovery, focusing on restoring basic services and infrastructure

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Overview of numbers


Deaths recorded in Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian since September 9


Number of people supported by USAID in-kind contributions


Estimated population of Abaco


Estimated Population of Grand Bahama

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humanitarian funding


USAID/OFDA11.496.470 $
USAID/FFP1.000.000 $
DoD8.490.000 $
TOTAL20.986.470 $

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Due to the formation and close passage of Tropical Storm Humberto, a tropical storm watch was in effect for the northwestern islands of the Bahamas from September 13 to 14, hampering aircraft and vessel movement and aiding Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the hardest-hit islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Despite the two-day reduction in air and sea operations, relief efforts and storm preparedness in Abaco continued, with the USAID Disaster Response Team (DART) working with partners and other organizations to distribute emergency shelter and provide housing. for vulnerable populations. 🇧🇷 Tropical Storm Humberto moved away from the Bahamas on September 14 and caused no further damage to islands affected by Hurricane Dorian.

As the immediate needs of the majority of the affected population are met through local and international relief efforts, the Government of The Bahamas (GoB) reports to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) that the response is gradually shifting towards recovery, from according to the United Nations. Thus, the USAID Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team demobilized the Bahamas on 14 September. During the 10-day deployment, the team researched and completed structural assessments of more than 1,000 homes and buildings in Abaco and surrounding bays.

To date, international donors have provided nearly $26 million to Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Of this total, the United States Government (USG) provided approximately $21 million, including $8.5 million from the DoD for logistical and transportation support and $12.5 million from USAID for cross-sectoral relief efforts.

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As of September 15, most of the population affected by the storm had received humanitarian assistance, including supplies and access to basic services to address immediate needs, according to the UN. Consequently, the GoB-led response has shifted from the immediate relief phase – which focuses on first aid, search and recovery and rapid assessment of damage and needs – to focus primarily on providing access to adequate shelter for displaced people, evacuation operations of rubble and ensure the restoration of communications, power and water systems, particularly in remote areas of Abaco. To that end, the USG and other humanitarian actors continue to expand the GoB's ability to effectively prioritize the needs and coordinate the efforts of the more than 50 organizations involved in the response. On September 16, USAID deployed an Incident Management Team (IMT) to join DART in the Bahamas, providing coordination support to the NEMA-led Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the town of Marsh Harbor in Abaco for the next few years. two weeks. 🇧🇷 USAID IMT joins a separate US Coast Guard Incident Management Support Team (USCG) that continues to support the EOC in the capital Nassau, as well as DART specialists providing technical guidance on health, shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for NEMA and other relevant GoB units.

Amid the shift from immediate response to focused recovery efforts, the USAR team deployed by USAID demobilized and left the Bahamas on 14 September. During the September 4-14 deployment, the team combed through more than 1,000 buildings – including bridges, clinics and homes, schools and other infrastructure – across Abaco and surrounding islets to assess damage and suitability for restitution. The USAR team found that about 60% of the examined structures had severe or complete damage, while about 27% were classified as moderately damaged and 10% had minor damage or no damage. Overall, satellite damage assessments show that Hurricane Dorian destroyed about 2,700 buildings and damaged 4,600 buildings in Abaco and Grand Bahama, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

During a September 13-14 visit to the Bahamas, UN Secretary-General (SYG) António Guterres met with Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and displaced people living in collective centers in Nassau to discuss humanitarian needs and challenges. SYG Guterres then traveled to Abaco to assess storm damage and discuss relief efforts with local stakeholders, including DART. In a September 14 statement accompanying his visit, SYG Guterres praised the GoB-led response and the rapid mobilization of support from the international community, while calling for increased investment in resilience-building initiatives against future climate-related disasters.

As of Sept. 15, about 2,000 people were living in 10 group shelters set up by the GoB on New Providence Island, where Nassau is located, and nearly 70 people in two group shelters in Grand Bahama, reports NEMA. The GoB also established shelters on the islands of Abaco and North Eleuthera, although the population of these shelters remained at ten or less as of 15 September.

To allow for debris removal, the GoB Department of Housing and Environment (MoHE) issued a six-month ban on residential and commercial construction on September 15 in the Farm Road, Pigeon Pea, Sand Bank and Mudd communities of downtown Abaco, where it is estimated that 1,000 homes were almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Dorian. Furthermore, the MoHE emphasized the GoB's intention to provide temporary housing for residents of these areas in alternative, safe locations in Abaco.

Due to the formation and close movement of Tropical Storm Humberto, a tropical storm watch was in effect for the northwestern islands of the Bahamas, including Abaco and Grand Bahama, from September 13 to 14. In preparation for the potential for heavy rain and high winds in Abaco, DART worked with partners and other organizations to distribute emergency shelter materials – including USAID plastic sheeting and emergency shelter repair kits – to vulnerable populations in the region. island and emergency shelters for people with disabilities to organize homes in distress. While rainfall in Abaco did not reach expected levels due to the tropical storm, relief agencies continue to prepare for increased storm risk during the June-November Atlantic hurricane season.


On September 14, United Parcel Service (UPS) shipped over 6 metric tons (MT) of USAID shipments - including 5,000 buckets of water for domestic use; 5,000 hygiene kits; and four 10,000-liter water bladders to store potable water – from USAID's Miami depot to Nassau; In total, the UPS flight carried about 50 tons of emergency supplies on behalf of various relief organizations working in the Bahamas. DART is coordinating with NEMA to transport supplies to affected communities in Abaco and Grand Bahama and to displaced people in New Providence. In all, USAID delivered approximately 53 tons of supplies - enough to feed an estimated 54,000 people - from the USAID Miami depot to Nassau, using the donated UPS flight, a chartered commercial flight and USCG cutters to transport the supplies.

In addition, UNICEF provided approximately 1,000 containers of water for domestic use; 400,000 tablets of water disinfectant; and six 5,000-liter water bladders to support access to clean water in affected areas; Mercy Corps began distributing UNICEF-supported supplies in the city of Freeport, Grand Bahama, on September 12.

The DoD continues to support USAID and the GoB with transportation and logistical support. As of September 15, US military aircraft have transported about 140 tons of relief supplies and search equipment on about 120 flights, along with about 370 task forces - including personnel from the GoB, DART, non-governmental organizations and agencies. of the UN.

With funding from USAID/OFDA, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) continues to support the GoB's Department of Health (MoH) in responding to health care needs following Hurricane Dorian. The Ministry of Health and PAHO are working to strengthen epidemiological surveillance and early warning systems for outbreaks, particularly waterborne and vector-borne diseases, in health facilities on storm-hit islands. In the collective centers hosting displaced populations, the MoH conducts daily health surveillance visits and has established health screenings for all arriving evacuees, while the MoH supports food safety and waste management measures in the shelters. In addition, PAHO is providing support to streamline the transport of incoming medical and health supplies to Nassau for rapid distribution to the population on the affected islands.

In coordination with the Ministry of Health, seven Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) — groups of health professionals who meet internationally recognized standards for responding to disasters or emergencies abroad — continue to strengthen health capacity in Abaco, Grand Bahama and New Providence. In Grand Bahama, an International Medical Corps EMT operates in eastern Grand Bahama and Freeport, while a field hospital set up by Samaritan's Purse EMT in Freeport further increases capacity near the city's Rand Memorial Hospital, which dealt with damage during 2018 Supplies and equipment held up by Hurricane Dorian. In Abaco and neighboring islets, paramedics from Heart to Heart International, Humanity First and Team Rubicon are supporting health services in the affected areas. Additionally, the NYC Medics EMT is assisting evacuees in North Eleuthera.

UNICEF is working with the GoB Department of Social Services and Urban Development to help identify and provide services for displaced children living in host communities and to identify child welfare risks for storm-affected children remaining in Abaco and Grand and attack Bahamas. The UN agency is also facilitating the training of school counselors, social workers and teachers to provide psychosocial support and recreational activities for displaced children and others affected by the storm. Additionally, on September 12, the GoB, with support from UNICEF, began enrolling approximately 10,000 displaced school-age children to enroll students in schools unaffected by Hurricane Dorian. The registration process will also help displaced students access counseling services, medical screening, recreational activities, and financial support for lunch, transportation, and uniforms. The UN agency reports approximately US$3.8 million in funding needs to respond to identified child protection, education and WASH needs over the next four months.


On September 1-2, Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 storm on the Hurricane Saffir-Simpson wind scale over Abaco and Grand Bahama, bringing sustained winds of about 180 miles per hour, heavy rain, and up to 23 on foot to the islands.

As a result of widespread flooding and infrastructure destruction from Hurricane Dorian, US Executive Director Stephanie Bowers declared a disaster in the Bahamas on September 2. In response, USAID/OFDA initially provided $200,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross Society and quickly activated a DART and Response Management Team (RMT). USAID/OFDA also coordinates with the USCG, part of the United States. Department of Homeland Security; the US Department of Defense; and the GoB to rapidly deliver relief supplies to communities hardest hit by the hurricane in the Bahamas.

The most effective way for people to support relief efforts is by making monetary donations to humanitarian organizations that are carrying out relief efforts. For a list of humanitarian organizations that accept cash donations for disaster relief efforts around the world,

USAID encourages monetary donations because they allow aid workers to get exactly the items they need (often in the affected area); reduce the burden on scarce resources (such as transport routes, staff time, and storage space); it can be transferred very quickly and without transport costs; support the economy of the region affected by the disaster; and ensure cultural, food and environmental support.

For more information, see: USAID Center for International Disaster +1,202,661,7710. For information on community outreach activities, visit


Where did Hurricane Dorian hit in 2019? ›

Hurricane Dorian

How did Hurricane Dorian affect the Bahamas economically? ›

Post-disaster the economy is expected to grow 0.9 percent. The impact of Hurricane Dorian is percentage point of GDP, resulting in a decrease in salaries of $51.3 million and of capital income of $60.9 million.
News releases.
Additional costs19,100,000
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What was the consequences of Hurricane Dorian? ›

More than 75 percent of all the homes on the island were either damaged or destroyed. The most impacted areas were primarily inhabited by vulnerable, undocumented migrant populations. In Grand Bahama, satellite data suggested that 76 to 100 percent of buildings in some areas had been destroyed.

How did climate change affect Hurricane Dorian? ›

Hindcast attribution simulations suggest that anthropogenic climate change increased the likelihood of Hurricane Dorian's extreme 3-hourly rainfall amounts and total accumulated rainfall.

What hurricane happened in 2019? ›

In the early hours of September 6, Dorian weakened to Category 1 intensity as it picked up speed and turned northeast. Dorian would pick up speed and move northeast along the North Carolina coast September 6, moving just south of the Crystal Coast, clipping Cape Lookout and eventually making landfall at Cape Hatteras.

Have the Bahamas recovered from Hurricane Dorian? ›

Bahamas businesses build back following Dorian destruction

According to Davis, many Bahamians remain displaced three years after Dorian struck. While federal housing programs and social assistance have been put in place, Davis believes more is left to be done. "Sadly, we're not as far ahead as we wish," he said.

How is the Bahamas doing economically? ›

The Bahamas is the richest country in the Caribbean and is ranked 14th in North America for nominal GDP. It is a stable, developing nation in the Lucayan Archipelago, with a population of 391,232 (2016).
Economy of the Bahamas.
Ease-of-doing-business rank119th (medium, 2020)
Exports$543,424 million (2021 est.)
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What are economic problems in the Bahamas? ›

The Bahamas has the highest average duty rate in the Western Hemisphere at roughly 30 percent. Tariffs on some consumer goods run as high as 65 percent and reach 100 percent on imported items that compete directly with locally produced goods.

How is Bahamas economy doing? ›

Economic Performance:

According to the International Monetary Fund's 2022 Country Report, The Bahamas is experiencing a tourism-led rebound, and real GDP growth in 2021 was close to 14 percent.

How did the government respond to Hurricane Dorian? ›

During the emergency phase of the disaster, Direct Relief supported and enabled multiple Emergency Medical Teams with four Emergency Health Kits, 15 medical backpacks, and a range of other supplies. These teams include NYC Medics, Green Cay Clinic, Global Support and Development, and a team of medics from Puerto Rico.

How much property damage did Hurricane Dorian cause? ›

Hurricane Dorian Caused Over $100 Million in Insured Damage.

How does climate change affect the Bahamas? ›

Mean temperatures have increased by around 0.5°C since 1960, at an average rate of 0.11°C per decade. Bahamian data show that the mean daily maximum temperature for July has increased at a rate of 2°C per 100 years, and more recently at a rate of 2.6°C per 100 years.

How did Hurricane Dorian affect tourism? ›

The total damage in the tourist sector was estimated at $530 million. A large majority of the damage was sustained on Abaco. The forecasted losses are less than the damage and are estimated to amount to $325 million. The additional costs were estimated to be $15 million.”

Where did Hurricane Dorian impact? ›

Dorian was the strongest hurricane to hit the northwestern Bahamas in modern records, resulting in numerous deaths and causing devastation on Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands.

How many hurricanes happened in 2019? ›

The 2019 North Atlantic hurricane season had 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The named storms were above the 1981-2010 average of 12.1 named storms, but the other counts were near their averages of 6.4 hurricanes and 2.7 major hurricanes.

How many hurricanes hit us in 2019? ›

Four storms made landfall in the U.S. during the 2019 season. Barry breached Louisiana's coast as a Cat 1 hurricane July 13; Tropical Storm Imelda hit near Freeport, Texas on Sept. 17; Nestor made landfall near St.

What were the hurricane storm names for 2019? ›

These storm names were last used in 2013, which was a “quiet” hurricane season, with no major hurricanes.
  • Andrea.
  • Barry*
  • Chantal.
  • Dorian.
  • Erin.
  • Fernand.
  • Gabrielle.
  • Humberto.
Jul 10, 2020

What is the biggest problem in the Bahamas? ›

Homicide and violent crime rates in the Bahamas remain among the highest in the Caribbean.

Has Abaco rebuilt? ›

In total, AHAH helped to rebuild 172 structures, including homes, schools, and other community projects, positively impacting nearly 2,600 citizens of Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco.

Where did Hurricane Dorian hit the worst? ›

On September 1, the eye of Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Abaco Islands with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h), making it the strongest hurricane on record to affect the Bahamas.

Is living in Bahamas tax free? ›

Key Takeaways. Citizens of the Bahamas do not pay taxes on income, inheritance, gifts, or capital gains. The Bahamian government uses revenue from sources like VAT and stamp taxes. There are strict laws prohibiting illicit financial activity such as money laundering.

What is the number 1 industry in the Bahamas? ›

The Bahamian economy relies predominantly on tourism, which comprises approximately 50% of the total GDP. The financial services sector is the second largest industry, comprising between 15 and 20 percent of GDP. Other smaller- scale industries include agriculture, retail and wholesale trade, fishing and manufacturing.

Is Bahama a tax haven? ›

The Bahamas is definitely considered a tax haven first and foremost because there is no personal income tax. There is also no Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance or Gift Tax, nor are there any wealth taxes or taxes on share dividends and interest.

What are the 5 major economic problems? ›

The 5 basic problems of an economy are as follows:
  • What to produce and what quantity to produce?
  • How to produce?
  • For whom to produce the goods?
  • How efficient are the resources being utilised?
  • Is the economy growing?

How much money does the Bahamas owe? ›

The Bahamas: National debt from 2017 to 2027 (in billion U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicNational debt in billion U.S. dollars
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What are top 5 economic problems of our country? ›

Among the issues that they address are food insecurity, hunger and poor nutrition, poor quality of education, land and housing insecurity, and poor sanitation.

What language do they speak in Bahamas? ›

While English is the official language of the Bahamas, locals speak with a Bahamian dialect that has birthed many unique slang words and phrases. Before your trip, you may want to familiarize yourself with the island lingo. Here are five of the most common phrases you'll hear around the Bahamas.

Is Bahamas high income? ›

The Bahamas is a high-income economy heavily dependent on the tourism and financial service sector. While its GDP has risen steadily for the past three decades, the country has experienced low growth rates and mounting levels of debt since the global financial crisis.

How stable is the Bahamas? ›

Bahamas: Political stability
BahamasPolitical stability index (-2.5 weak; 2.5 strong)
Latest value0.88
SourceThe World Bank
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What did the Bahamas do to prepare for Hurricane Dorian? ›

Government authorities and local volunteers were aiding the evacuation of people by sea and land. Bahamasair was offering discounted rates to those seeking to leave the islands on flights before Dorian hits. Schools and government offices were ordered closed.

Who was most affected by Hurricane Dorian? ›

Hurricane Dorian hit the northernmost islands — the Abaco Islands, and Grand Bahama Island, which had a population of around 70,000. Hurricane Dorian first hit the Abaco Islands as a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds. That ties it for the strongest landfall on record.

How many hurricanes hit the Bahamas per year? ›

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in the Bahamas. On average, they happen about 4 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Central Abaco, East Grand Bahama and West Grand Bahama. The hurricane season usually lasts from early June to late November.

What was the dollar value of the damage Dorian caused? ›

Hurricane Dorian caused an estimated $1.5 billion to $3 billion worth of damage in the Caribbean.

What are the 3 main impacts of climate change? ›

The potential future effects of global climate change include more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought in some regions, and an increase in the duration and intensity of tropical storms.

What are the five 5 major factors that affect climate change? ›

Causes of Climate Change
  • Generating power. Generating electricity and heat by burning fossil fuels causes a large chunk of global emissions. ...
  • Manufacturing goods. ...
  • Cutting down forests. ...
  • Using transportation. ...
  • Producing food. ...
  • Powering buildings. ...
  • Consuming too much.

What are 4 impacts of climate change? ›

More frequent and intense drought, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and warming oceans can directly harm animals, destroy the places they live, and wreak havoc on people's livelihoods and communities.

How does hurricane season affect tourism? ›

They then employ this hurricane index in a cross-country panel data context to estimate its impact on country- level tourist numbers. The results suggest that an average hurricane strike causes tourism arrivals to be about 2% lower than they would have been had no strike occurred.

What year did Hurricane Dorian hit the US? ›

Hurricane Dorian formed on August 24, 2019, in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a Category 5 hurricane that devastated many areas including the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Eastern Canada. Dorian reached peaked intensity on Sep. 1, 2019, with winds of 295 km/h.

Is Dorian a boy or girl hurricane? ›

Per the National Hurricane Center, Dorian was preceded by Chantal and will be followed by Erin — suggesting this storm is a “he.” But the name itself appears to be unisex, if literature and Italian cinema tell us anything.

How long did Hurricane Dorian last in the Bahamas? ›

When was the last big hurricane in the Bahamas? ›

Dorian was one of four Category 5 hurricanes to strike the Bahamas, the others being the 1932 Bahamas hurricane, the 1933 Cuba–Brownsville hurricane, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The most recent hurricane to strike the archipelago was Hurricane Nicole in 2022.

What places did Hurricane Dorian hit? ›

Dorian was the strongest hurricane to hit the northwestern Bahamas in modern records, resulting in numerous deaths and causing devastation on Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands.

Did any hurricanes hit Florida in 2019? ›

During the 2019 Hurricane Season, there were 18 named storms, including six hurricanes, of which three were major, including Hurricane Dorian. “The 2019 Hurricane Season gave Florida a much needed break from major hurricane impacts,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Director Jared Moskowitz.

What states did Hurricane Dorian hit? ›

United StatesFlorida6
South Carolina0
North Carolina3
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Where did Hurricane Dorian hit? ›

Hurricane Dorian

How many people died from Hurricane Dorian? ›

Hurricane Dorian's death toll in the Bahamas climbed to 50 on Monday as more deaths were reported from the storm that plowed through the country last week, officials said. Health Minister Duane Sands confirmed the latest death count, up from 44 on Sunday, to NBC News.

How often are the Bahamas hit by hurricanes? ›

Hurricanes only occur occasionally in the Bahamas. On average, they happen about 4 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Central Abaco, East Grand Bahama and West Grand Bahama. The hurricane season usually lasts from early June to late November.

How many hurricanes hit the U.S. in 2019? ›

The 2019 North Atlantic hurricane season had 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The named storms were above the 1981-2010 average of 12.1 named storms, but the other counts were near their averages of 6.4 hurricanes and 2.7 major hurricanes.

What hurricane name are we on 2022? ›

Atlantic Names
Alex Bonnie Colin Danielle Earl Fiona Gaston Hermine Ian Julia Karl Lisa Martin Nicole Owen Paula Richard Shary Tobias Virginie WalterArlene Bret Cindy Don Emily Franklin Gert Harold Idalia Jose Katia Lee Margot Nigel Ophelia Philippe Rina Sean Tammy Vince Whitney

How many named storms in 2022? ›

In total, this hurricane season produced 14 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which eight became hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater) and two intensified to major hurricanes with winds reaching 111 mph or greater.

How many homes were destroyed in Hurricane Dorian? ›

Insured losses alone were confirmed to be at least US$1 billion. Across the Bahamas, the storm left at least 70,000 people homeless. An estimated 13,000 homes, constituting 45% of the homes on the Abacos and Grand Bahama, suffered severe damage or were completely destroyed.

When did Hurricane Dorian strike the Bahamas? ›

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