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Dorian victims still need help

Regional 17 Feb, 2020 Follow News

Some Dorian victims will live in dome homes for a long time

Residents in the Bahamas affected by the devastation of Hurricane Dorian are still struggling because a lot of the relief aid has dried up.

Food For The Poor, one of the American charities helping, is responding to an urgent need for food in the Bahamas for families still recovering from Dorian and is asking for the South Florida community’s help.

HeadKnowles, one of the Food for the Poor’s partners in the Bahamas, put out an urgent need for help. It is running low on food for displaced families in Nassau, Abaco and other islands, where some residents have opened their homes as shelter while others are living in public shelters. Detergent and cleaning supplies are also needed.

“A lot of people, even in areas that weren’t hit that bad, they still need food because they’re not working. Nobody has any money. Nobody has any income,” said Gina Knowles, of HeadKnowles. “And those that do have any money are putting every dollar into getting their homes back to where their families can come home.”

Dorian hit Grand Bahama and Abaco in early September as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, killing at least 70 people and causing more than $3 billion in damage.

After the hurricane, donors generously gave money, but the flood of donations have reduced to a trickle. Food For The Poor is using some of the money they received to purchase water filtration units, solar-powered lights, building materials, and truck chassis to help move and distribute goods. Those essentials are in process, according to the charity.

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