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Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm on Sunday devastating communities and causing widespread damage to homes and the island's main airport.
Video and photos posted to social media showed homes on Grand Bahama Island and Great Abaco left completely submerged by floodwater and roofs of houses collapsed.
The storm has caused the deaths of seven people in the Bahamas
By Wednesday, Dorian has moved north beyond the Bahamas, and people on the islands are beginning clearup and rescue efforts.
Here's what you can do to help those impacted by the storm in the Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm on Sunday, with sustained wind speeds of 185 mph and brought with it a wall of water with it that might have reached as high as 23 feet in some parts of the island.
It tied the record for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall ever, battering the Caribbean nation for three days with strong winds and heavy rains that caused flooding so catastrophic that the runway of the main airport in the Bahamas was left completely underwater.
Video and photos posted to social media showed homes on Grand Bahama Island and Great Abaco completely submerged by floodwater and roofs of houses collapsed.
The hurricane has caused at least seven deaths in the Bahamas, as dangerous winds and a life-threatening storm surge continued to pound the island through Tuesday evening. Officials expect the death toll to rise as rescuers dig through the wreckage.
Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, said on Tuesday evening that parts of Great Abaco have been "decimated."
"There is severe flooding," Minnis said Tuesday night, according to the Washington Post. "There is severe damage to homes, businesses, other buildings and infrastructure."
Part of the reason the destruction on the island was so devastating was that the storm completely stalled over the Bahamas, pummeling it with devastating hurricane conditions for almost two full days.
By Wednesday Dorian has moved north beyond the Bahamas, and people on the islands are beginning their cleanup and rescue efforts after the devastating storm.
Here are some of the organizations helping on the islands, and how you can contribute to the victims impacted in the Bahamas:
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The Bahamas Red Cross has over 200 volunteers on the islands impacted most by Dorian. Stephen McAndrew, the deputy director for the Americas of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said that shelter materials, food, water, and medicine are most urgent.
All Hands and Hearts
All Hands and Hearts is a global operation that helps address the short and long-term needs of communities most impacted by natural disasters. They communicate directly with community leaders to deploy volunteers and rebuild schools, homes, and infrastructure.
Direct Relief Hurricane Dorian Fund
Direct Relief is a California-based humanitarian aid organization that operates throughout the US, as well as in 80 countries around the world. The charity has set up a fund for Hurricane Dorian and is delivering medical aid to the affected areas.
Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation
The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation was set up by the Grand Bahama Port Authority. In addition to cash donations, it has a list of recommended goods to donate including medicine, building materials, electrical materials, bottled water, clothing, and personal hygiene products.
Global Giving is a US-based non-profit crowdfunding platform for grassroots charities. The platform has set up a Hurricane Dorian relief fund that aims to help supply emergency goods like food, water, and medicine, as well as provide long-term recovery assistance.
The Salvation Army uses 100% of disaster donations to help fund disaster relief efforts. The organization provides emergency assistance to survivors as well as helps fund long-term recovery assistance. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis recommends this charity, which works alongside the government's National Emergency Management Agency.
International Medical Corps
The International Medical Corps is a global first response organization which delivers emergency healthcare and related services to those impacted by natural disaster. They also train people within affected communities to become effective first responders and will deploy a field team to the Bahamas for mental, medical, and psychosocial services in the coming days.