Hurricane Dorian hit the northern Bahamas on 1 September as a Category 5 storm, mainly affecting Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Residents were exposed to winds exceeding 270 km/h and 5-7 meter storm surges. Dorian is not only the strongest hurricane to have hit the country on record but was also traveling at slower than average speeds (between 1.5-8km/h), which meant the population was exposed to prolonged strong winds, heavy rains, and large storm surges. Over 76,000 people were affected and an estimated 15,000 people were expected need. Hurricane Dorian damaged or destroyed at least 13,000 homes.?
More than a month on from the devastating Hurricane Dorian, the responders on both Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands are continuing to coordinate relief efforts. As of 5 October, 600 were still missing, and more than 1,500 people remain in shelters, particularly in the city of Nassau. The ongoing needs are for the provision of safe drinking water, the restoration of health services, and NFIs, such as blankets and clothing. Needs are particularly high on the Abaco Islands, which were the hardest hit by the category 5 storm.? As of 28 October, the official death toll reached 67.?
INFORM measures Bahama's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be low, at 2.2/10. Hazard and exposure stand at 2/10, vulnerability at 1.7/10 and lack of coping capacity at 3.1/10. ?
No recent significant humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team.
Crisis Severity: 1.8
Humanitarian Conditions: 1.5
Access Constraints: 2
Information courtesy of ACAPS. https://www.acaps.org/
4 Common Operating Datasets or CCCM-tagged datsets are on the Humanitarian Data Exchange:
- The Bahamas Displacement - Hurricane Dorian - Site Assessment R3 - [IOM DTM] - International Organization for Migration - 11/05/2019
- Bahamas - Internally displaced persons - IDPs - IDMC - 01/01/2008-12/31/2018
- Bahamas administrative level 0-1 age disaggregated 2019 population estimates - WorldPop - 09/09/2019
- Bahamas - Administrative Boundaries (Level 0, 1) - www.gadm.org - 01/30/2009