Hornets owner and six-time National Basketball Association champion Michael Jordan is pledging $1 million to organizations assisting with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. The island of Abaco was largely devastated and about 70,000 people have been left homeless across the archipelago.
DeSantis, who on Monday said Florida is following the lead of the federal government in providing humanitarian assistance to the Bahamas, called the water donation a way of "supplementing" the federal relief effort.
"It's been a week since Dorian unleashed ferocious rain and wind gusts on the Bahamas, and the challenges of bringing in supplies, transporting them around the islands and spreading word are undiminished". At least 50 people are confirmed dead and now there is an urgent appeal to help the survivors in the aftermath of the most powerful storm to ever hit the Caribbean. As of September 7, according to OCHA, 43 people in the Bahamas have lost their lives due to the hurricane.
"All the showers won't be heavy; there'll be times we have heavy and there'll be times when it won't be so heavy, but there can be localised flooding and it's possible that they can hamper restoration efforts for a short time", he said yesterday.
Burnaby fire Captain Ian Heatherington spoke to the NOW from Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas Wednesday afternoon.
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They arrived in Nassau on Saturday night after a six-hour boat trip from Abaco and plan to fly to South Florida on Wednesday, thanks to plane tickets bought by friends who will provide them a temporary home until they can find jobs.
The fund is focused on the core safety of the people, their essential needs such as water, food, shelter, medical needs, and the recovery of the community. "There are many deaths, and many still missing", Minnis said.
With a truck on its side behind him, Irvin Russell said he loves "his island" and has to stay to see it rebuilt.
"This list has not yet been checked against government records of who is staying in shelters or who have been evacuated", he said. "People (are) going above and beyond to help people that they don't even know".
Slack is based in Florida but had a second home in the Bahamas.