U.S. Providing Funding, Military Support To Help Hurricane-Hit Bahamas; Caribbean Development Bank To Help Address Mental Health, Trauma

Miami Herald: U.S. military commits air support for Bahamas aid operation
“The Trump administration has requested ‘airlift and logistics support’ from the Defense Department in its urgent support effort for the Bahamas, McClatchy has learned. USAID formally made the request of the Pentagon on Friday afternoon after conducting aerial and on-the-ground assessments of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian earlier this week…” (Wilner et al., 9/6).
 
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Caribbean Development Bank plans to help tackle trauma of Bahamas storm
“The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) plans to throw its weight behind mental health support for those hit by devastating Hurricane Dorian, besides offering more traditional financial assistance. … The United Nations has estimated that 70,000 people are in immediate need of food, water, and shelter…” (Berton, 9/6).
 
Washington Post: U.S. official surveys hurricane damage in Bahamas as survivors flee to cities
“The U.S. humanitarian response on islands devastated by Hurricane Dorian has shifted into a new phase as desperate survivors flee the worst-hit areas of the Bahamas for towns and cities that were largely spared. … The United States has provided $2.8 million in aid for the Bahamas, about a third for food and the rest for shelter, hygiene kits, and other commodities, and for coordinating relief efforts. So far, 47 metric tons of supplies donated by the United States have arrived in the Bahamas, about the equivalent in size to two shipping containers. Officials said it is enough to help 44,000 people…” (Morello, 9/8).

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