Hurricane disaster relief and rebuilding in the Bahamas

MSC FOUNDATION

Delivering direct relief in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, and providing sustained support for the reconstruction efforts launched

Bahamas
Community Support
Emergency Relief
MSC Foundation projects | MSC Foundation

Hurricane Dorian was the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, making landfall on the Abaco Islands with sustained winds of up to 185 mph (295 km/h) on 1 September 2019, and hitting Grand Bahama Island a day later. Its effects were among the worst for any natural disaster in the country, inflicting US$ 3.4 billion damage.

The MSC Foundation and MSC Group took immediate action to provide $5 million of vital aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in September 2019, delivering the first consignment just 8 days after Dorian hit. A further package of crucial humanitarian aid worth more than $500,000 was announced in January 2020.

The MSC Foundation and MSC Group provided $5 million vital aid in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the Bahamas in September 2019. Mobilising its first-ever Global Emergency Assistance Task Force, MSC arranged for the first ship to deliver an initial consignment of 19 containers of humanitarian relief just 8 days after Dorian hit, with the remainder arriving soon after. The comprehensive package totalling 165 containers of humanitarian relief included water, rice, generators, building materials, tools, furniture, mattresses and medical supplies. In addition, MSC shipped, stored in Freeport, and passed over for distribution over 250 containers of humanitarian relief shipped free or discounted into Freeport and stocked free of charge at the Freeport container terminal. Subsequently, in January 2020, MSC Foundation announced an additional relief and rebuilding package worth over $500,000. This included a new free-of-charge loan to the Bahamas Government of 20 containerized housing units with a capacity of 40 people for the re-establishment of government services through the deployment of temporary accommodation for public servants, the loan of three new large-format waste removal trailers to clear debris in affected communities, and nineteen 40-foot containers of high-grade ceramic tiles donated by MSI in partnership with MSC. MSC Foundation has strong connections with the Bahamas, having partnered with a panel of conservation experts to restore and nurture the coral beds around Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, populated by one of the most vulnerable sets of coral species on the planet.

Challenges

13,000 homes - 45% of all homes on the Abacos Islands and Grand Bahama - severely damage or completely destroyed

Power, water, telecommunications and sewage services damaged or destroyed

Harbour buildings and oil refinery damaged

At least 60% of Grand Bahama flooded by up to 2m

Hospitals abandoned due to floodwater and sewage contamination

Supermarkets, stores and food warehouses inundated by storm surge