Michael Jordan vows to donate $1 million toward Bahamas recovery efforts

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2019

A team of Burnaby firefighters and search dogs who are in the Bahamas to help search for human survivors and bodies in the wake of Hurricane Dorian are finding a lot of abandoned dogs as well - and they've made it their business to make sure they're taken care of.

The northern Bahamas were the worst hit by the Category 5 storm and accompanying storm surge last weekend.

The Guardian's Oliver Laughland tells Rachel Humphrys about the scenes of utter devastation and the residents of Grand Bahama he met who are still attempting to locate loved ones and assess the damage to their property.

When power has returned to much of Grand Bahama, Smith stated the electrical infrastructure close to Marsh Harbour, Abaco's biggest city, was ruined.

Across Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, airports and seaports are increasingly becoming operational, allowing humanitarian assistance to be delivered.

John Rood, a former USA ambassador to the Bahamas who has been appointed by DeSantis as the state's "point person" in relief efforts, said the first step is working with Mission of Hope International to build transitional housing for Bahamians.

Dorian hit the archipelago September 1 as a Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and gusts over 220 miles per hour.

"I was joyful to see that".

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Matt Hicks, an Apollo native who has lived in the Bahamas for more than four years, said he agrees with the country's Ministry of Tourism that, well, tourism is among the best ways to help.

Jordan added that "the Bahamian people are strong and resilient and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm".

The Trump Administration says they have no plans to extend temporary protected status to hurricane-displaced Bahamians.

The hurricane battered the archipelago for two days last week.

"We are intimately involved in helping figure what are the unmet needs and where we can help", Moskowitz said. Officials have confirmed 50 deaths caused by the September 1 storm.

"We remain open for new bookings and will protect travel agent commissions".

About 2,500 people are feared missing in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, raising concerns the death toll may significantly rise beyond the 50 reported so far.

Survivors from the fierce storm continued to arrive at the Bahamian capital of Nassau on Tuesday, crowding shelters and hotel lobbies needing food, water and shelter - even as an global rescue effort continued to sift through the rubble and looking for more bodies.

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