Malteser International is preparing to support emergency relief measures for people affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The United Nations has announced that some 70,000 people were "in immediate need of life-saving assistance" in the country, with urgent needs including food, water, shelter and medicine.
Ravi Tripptrap, Executive Director of Malteser International Americas said, "The airports are still closed, initial relief shipments are currently coming by boat and helicopter. Hopefully, the airports will reopen in one or two days and we will be able to fly in relief supplies. We are in close contact with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and will be supporting relief efforts.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Sunday in the Bahamas as a Category Five storm, leaving behind catastrophic damage. Around 30,000 homes in the islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco and New Providence have been destroyed. So far, the official death toll has risen to 20 people.