Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Words and Photos Cannot Fully Depict the Devastation in the Bahamas

Oct 2, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement following his Congressional Delegation trip to the Bahamas to survey the damages of Hurricane Dorian.

“Some parts of the Bahamas have some of the worst damage I’ve ever seen. Words and photos cannot fully depict the extensive catastrophe that The Bahamas suffered. While there’s still work to be done, I am immensely proud of the United States’ immediate response to address the urgent needs in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. While on the ground, I saw firsthand the dedicated efforts of USAID, the U.S. Coast Guard, CBP, humanitarian organizations, and many others, who are helping those in need. In the face of such devastation, it was humbling to see the generosity of the American people.”

“USAID reports that about $34 million in humanitarian aid has been provided to The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. Just yesterday, USAID announced that it will be contributing $7.5 million to Samaritan’s Purse, a field hospital on the island that also serves as a shelter and has been providing critical health services to more than 100 patients daily while offering clean water and hygiene products. I would like to thank USAID Administrator, Mark Green, and his entire team for their leadership, commitment, and tireless efforts to help our neighbors in the Bahamas. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to ensure that The Bahamas has the resources it needs to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian.”

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart assesses the damages of Hurricane Dorian.

USAID tent set up in Abaco Islands.

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and congressional colleagues meet with USAID officials.

Aerial shot of Hurricane Dorian’s impact on the Abaco Islands.

      

Samaritan’s Purse Field Hospital.

* All photos ​should be attributed to USAID. *

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