Another 84 additional Marines are leaving for the Caribbean on Saturday afternoon to provide emergency relief to those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, reports the Department of Defense. The Marines are part of the 21st Raiding Squadron of the Marine Corps and are permanently available for emergency deployment at home or abroad.
They fly from the Eindhoven airbase with a KDC-10 transport aircraft from the Air Force to Sint Maarten. There they board the naval ship Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt, that together with Zr.Ms. Snellius is being prepared for emergency assistance.
At least 43 people died in the hurricane. The death toll in the Bahamas is expected to increase sharply. Thousands of residents are still missing, as evidenced by the calls of their family members.
In total, with the extra marines, around 550 Dutch soldiers from the navy, army, air force and military police will be working on emergency aid to the Bahamas.
58Plane films devastation in Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian
Tens of thousands of people in acute need
70,000 people on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama need immediate help. Dorian is said to have caused material damage to the island group for more than 6 billion euros.
The UN has released 5.4 million dollars (around 4.9 million euros) to help the Bahamas. 720,000 ready-made meals are also sent to the disaster area.
Dorian was the worst storm the Caribbean island group has ever experienced. The hurricane of the fifth category almost came to a halt above the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama in the north of the country. With gusts of wind up to 300 kilometers per hour, the hurricane kept home for almost 48 hours and the islands were destroyed.
Also damage and casualties in the US
Dorian has since weakened from the fifth to the first category and is heading for the Northeastern United States at wind speeds of 150 kilometers per hour.
Most damage would have been done on the Outer Banks island group just off the North Carolina coast; Dorian's eye lingered over the islands for some time.
At least eight hundred residents are said to have been imprisoned in their own homes due to serious flooding. "They urgently need help," said Governor Roy Cooper.
See also: Dorian reaches east coast US, Bahamas fear 'shockingly high death toll'
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