(Photo: Image via Shutterstock, with elements from NASA)

(Photo: Image via Shutterstock, with elements from NASA)

By Abigail Klein Leichman - September 4, 2019

As Hurricane Dorian finally begins to move away from the Bahamas, and the full extent of the destruction is revealed, Israeli humanitarian aid agency IsraAID is preparing to send vital emergency support.

So far, seven people are reported killed and about 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands – about 45 percent of all the houses on the islands. Thousands of people are without shelter, often stranded by flooding, and facing food, water and medicine shortages.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” the Bahamian prime minister, Hubert Minnis, told the press. “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”

Dorian made landfall on Grand Bahama in the early hours of Monday morning as a category 5 hurricane, and continued to batter the tiny archipeligo for an unprecedented 36 hours. Winds reached up to 295 kilometers (183 miles) per hour, making it one of the strongest Atlantic storms to hit the region.

The Israeli NGO announced yesterday evening that it will send an emergency response team to distribute urgent relief supplies, offer psychological first aid, and deploy water filters to restore access to drinking water. The team also will conduct further needs assessments in affected communities.

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