An Israeli aid agency has sent a team of emergency responders to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian ripped through the country causing devastation to the island.

IsraAID announced this week that it will send an emergency response team to distribute urgent relief supplies, offer psychological first aid, and deploy water filters to restore access to drinking water. The team also will conduct further needs assessments in affected communities.

According to Israel21c, so far seven people are reported killed and about 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands – about 45 percent of all the houses on the islands. Thousands of people are without shelter, often stranded by flooding, and facing food, water and medicine shortages.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” the Bahamian prime minister, Hubert Minnis, told the press. “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”

IsraAID reported that in 2018, its emergency response teams reached 26,300 people with safe water, psychological and community support, and relief following nine disasters in seven countries.

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