Between 1-2 September 2019, Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, devastated The Bahamas. The hardest hit islands were Abaco and Grand Bahama in the north-western section of the country. Over the past few years the country has been affected by at least three major hurricanes, all Category 4 or higher.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) deployed an Emergency Response Team to the affected areas immediately and is now establishing a country office for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, based out of Nassau, with a sub-office in Abaco. From the onset of the emergency IOM has been working to conduct internal displacement monitoring on the hosting island of New Providence – with a view of expansion to Grand Bahama and Abaco.
DTM Bahamas aims to collect and disseminate data and information that is complete, accurate, and timely on internal displacement in the regions affected by Hurricane Dorian.
Overall situation of affected areas (hosting IDPs, returnees and population whose houses have been damaged/destroyed) at the lowest geographical level as possible
Demographics and vulnerabilities of the internally displaced populations and returnees
Population movement trends tracking in displacement sites
Sectoral needs, gaps, and service provisions in displacement sites and host communities
Overall, DTM Bahamas seeks to provide:
Data and information at the operational level to facilitate a more targeted approach for planning, prioritization and delivery of assistance and at the strategic level to facilitate evidence-based humanitarian programming
In the mid-term, facilitate evidence-based development of government recovery, reconstruction, and return strategies for New Providence, Grand Bahama, and Abaco, specifically.
Enhanced local capacity on tracking and analysing internal displacement in order to improve information management of population data and identified needs in future discplacement scenarios.