EMERGENCY UPDATE: BAHAMAS HURRICANE

Last updated: 09/09/2019, 1700

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What’s happening?

Hurricane Dorian, one most intense storms to ever hit the Carribean, struck the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama in the northern Bahamas on 1 September, causing devastation.

There have been 43 reported deaths, but many remain missing and the number of casualties is expected to go up.

How are children and families being affected?

Many of the 18,000 children affected have lost their homes, and have been left with little water or food.

Schools and hospitals have been flattened; houses and roads have collapsed; families remain in urgent need of clean drinking water.

The situation at a glance

  • Abaco, Bahamas

18,000 children affected

43 deaths reported with many still missing

Funding needed: £4 million

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What is Unicef doing to help?

Unicef has people on the ground in the Bahamas right now, working with partners and the local authorities to support children affected by the Hurricane.

The first shipment of Unicef supplies arrived on Saturday 7th September included 400,000 water purification tablets which will help provide access to safe water for more than 9,500 people.

UNICEF is working around the clock to ensure these supplies reach those in greatest need

 

 

Life-saving Unicef supplies arriving in the Bahamas.
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