Updated October 3rd, 2019
The emergency caused by Hurricane Dorian is now in its early recovery phase. Various UN agencies, international organizations, and NGOs are in partnership with local authorities and are coordinating long term solutions for health care delivery, shelters and mental health support.
The number of missing persons has reduced to 424 as NEMA reports 876 people have been found. There have been 60 deaths recorded; 51 on Abaco and 9 in Grand Bahama. More deaths are anticipated as search and rescue efforts continue, and debris removal continue.
As individuals begin to return to the affected islands, it is essential that vector control measures continue to be implemented to prevent disease and respond to outbreaks. Mold removal in hospitals (notably Coopers Town Clinic and Rand Memorial Hospital), schools and in communities affected by the flooding also needs to be addressed.
Throughout the course of the hurricane response and pre-deployments, PAHO has mobilized 20 surge staff to support the PAHO Bahamas country office in the areas of water quality, enviromental health, surveillance, among others.