MapAction plunge into action for rescue from Hurricane Dorian 

The MapAction volunteer team is working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Bahamas government and other partners, providing vital geospatial analysis and information in the form of maps to ensure aid gets to where it’s needed as quickly as possible

MapAction plunge into action for rescue from Hurricane Dorian 
MapAction plunge into action for rescue from Hurricane Dorian 

MapAction plunge into action for rescue from Hurricane Dorian 

As the Bahamas continues to be battered by Hurricane Dorian, the UK-based mapping NGO MapAction has lend its support to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the UN office for coordination of humanitarian affairs (UNOCHA) as they coordinate the response to Hurricane Dorian. MapAction's UK support base has already been working over the weekend on vital maps and data.

With windspeeds over 160mph, the category 5 Hurricane was the strongest to hit the Bahamas since records began. For the cause, UK’s department for international development (DFID) and the Netherlands ministry of foreign affairs have come forward to help MapAction in providing crucial geospatial input that’s needed to get aid to where it’s most needed as quickly as possible.

The MapAction volunteer team is also working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Bahamas government and other partners, providing vital geospatial analysis and information in the form of maps to ensure aid gets to where it’s most needed. It is hoped that conditions will allow a needs assessment team to travel to Abaco and Grand Bahama shortly to conduct an on-ground survey of the situation. This is likely to take several days to complete and will be crucial in helping to coordinate the response to the situation.

Liz Hughes, chief executive of MapAction, said, “This is an extremely serious situation. It is unimaginable to think what it must be like to be in the full fury of a hurricane like this for such a long time. Situation maps will be extremely important in the coming days and weeks in helping the rescue and recovery process in the Bahamas.”