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Bahamas: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 293563, tabled on 2 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the support provided by UK armed forces to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

Answered on

7 October 2019

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is tasked to provide a timely and appropriate response to the region and, working with our colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for International Development (DfID), we delivered extensive humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support using our pre-positioned vessel from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA Mounts Bay).

Hurricane Dorian was of the scale that it warranted the provision of additional follow-on medical and liaison teams from the UK. The MOD is now reviewing the effectiveness of the operation.

The Governmental response to Hurricane Dorian is ongoing, with a DfID colleague deployed with the Bahamian government, providing recovery advice. Our intervention enabled the Bahamian government, international aid agencies and other nations to provide further relief.