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Hurricane Dorian Updates: Field Hospital Opens, Relief Distributions Ongoing in the Bahamas

SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS MOUNTING A SIGNIFICANT RESPONSE IN THE BAHAMAS.

Update (10:47 a.m., Sept. 11):

Our Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport is up and running. We received more than 90 patients on our first full day of operation (Sept. 10). Distributions of emergency items (shelter plastic, water filters, and more) continue in the Abacos. Our DC-8 aircraft is making daily flights to and from the Bahamas the rest of this week to deliver personnel and relief supplies.

OUR TEAMS ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO SET UP THE EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL IN PREPARATION FOR RECEIVING PATIENTS VERY SOON.

Samaritan’s Purse is using airplanes, helicopters, barges, and other modes of transportation to quickly move relief where it’s needed most.

Samaritan’s Purse made its first airlift of the Emergency Field Hospital to the Bahamas on Sept. 5, at the request of the World Health Organization and the government of the Bahamas. A second DC-8 airlift of hospital components (our third total relief flight) was sent on Sept. 6.

A large team of medical specialists, including doctors and nurses, and other experts were on the Sept. 5-6 flights to help set up the mobile hospital.

ON SEPT. 6, STAFF BUSILY PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE OPENING OF THE EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL.

The 40-bed facility will have an outpatient department and emergency room, equipped to serve up to 100 patients a day. There will be an operating room—with capacity for 10 surgeries per day—and an obstetrics ward with delivery room.

On Sept. 4, we sent more than 30 tons of emergency relief to the Bahamas aboard our DC-8 aircraft. More than a dozen disaster response team specialists were also onboard.

In total, Samaritan’s Purse now has nearly 100 staff members on the ground in the Bahamas.

AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION IN ABACO ISLANDS.

The first plane load left Greensboro, North Carolina, around 9 a.m. on Sept. 4 and arrived in Nassau where it was unloaded. Onboard were emergency shelter materials, household water filters, and two community filtration units that turn saltwater into drinking water. Reports say 70,000 people are homeless following the storm.

Before it turned to the U.S. coastline, Dorian crawled through the Bahamas as perhaps the fiercest storm to ever hit the islands. This is the fourth consecutive year that a Category 5 hurricane has formed in the Atlantic—a record without precedent.

Please pray for residents of the Bahamas as they begin a long recovery after this terrible storm.

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Note: This article was originally published on Aug. 30 and has been revised and updated on Aug. 31-Sept 11.