Bahamas: Airlift Brings Hurricane Relief Supplies

October 10, 2016 • Bahamas
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Our DC-8 left today from Greensboro, North Carolina. The cargo jet carried 20 tons of supplies to people in need in the Bahamas.

We airlifted emergency relief supplies to those suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, a Category 3 storm when it slammed into the Bahamas on Thursday, October 6, has left thousands of people on the islands without power and in need of emergency relief aid. The devastating storm killed hundreds and caused catastrophic damage throughout the Caribbean region.

Samaritan’s Purse sent an airlift with 20 tons of water filters, heavy-duty plastic sheeting, hygiene kits, and blankets to help people in hurricane-affected areas of the Bahamas. An initial four-member Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was also aboard our DC-8 and will join local church partners in distributing relief supplies. The 20 tons of supplies will reach 1,500 households.

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Matthew plowed through Nassau, making it the first major hurricane to hit the capital city in nearly 100 years. The hurricane battered the nation with wind gusts of up to 140 mph.

Today’s airlift is our third flight to the Caribbean. We’ve already sent a total of 40 tons of relief supplies to Haiti via two flights.

Please pray for our staff and local partners as they bring physical relief and the hope of Jesus Christ to people in the Bahamas.

Hurricane Matthew International US Response
Hurricane Matthew Samaritan's Purse is bringing physical and spiritual relief to survivors of Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. and Caribbean. As a Category 4 storm, Matthew caused catastrophic damage in Haiti and the Bahamas, killing more than a thousand people—most of them in Haiti. We have airlifted over 100 tons of hygiene kits, water filters, blankets, and heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Haiti, with more relief being airlifted soon. We are also establishing two cholera treatment centers there as well. An additional airlift brought relief to the Bahamas. Our U.S. Disaster Relief teams and tractor-trailer units have deployed to North and South Carolina to help affected homeowners there.

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