Thousands without power in Nova Scotia as Hurricane Dorian approaches Canada
Thousands of residents of the Atlantic region of Canada were left without power as Hurricane Dorian intensifies its approach towards the region.
The Atlantics will witness wind speeds up to 160km/h; gusts are at around 190km/h.
A First Nations businessman is leading the way in providing Bahamians with convoys of aid after Hurricane Dorian struck the nation recently.
Ken Hill is a businessman from Six Nations who has propert
“We know a lot of people, have a lot of close friends, almost like brothers and sisters,” said Hill.
“They’ve been through a number of storms, but this one was the worst.”
Around 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may have been destroyed or severely damaged by the hurricane, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The UN World Food Programme said that food would be needed for 14,500 people in Abaco Islands and for 45,700 people in Grand Bahama.
Prime Minister Trudeau, meanwhile, announced that he would be giving $500,000 in assistance to the island nation.
Hill, according to the CBC, managed to secure three jets (Dassault Falcon 900, Challenger 850, and a Falcon 20) for his mission.
Hill said the jets will carry supplies of food, water, clothes, generators, and flashlights.
He will travel with volunteers to help provide supplies and rebuild homes.
He has secured a landing spot in Nassau from where he will use helicopters to transport aid to affected areas. The helicopters are being provided by the Seminole Tribe in Oklahoma and Florida.
“Seeing the people, the little kids, the schools, and what they have gone through over the years, it hit home to me,” he said.
Hill is working through a charity he established with his colleague Jerry Montour called the Dreamcatcher Foundation.
The duo also owns Grand River Enterprises, a cigarette manufacturing giant based out of Six Nations, a Haudenosaunee community near Hamilton.
Delby Powless, chair of the Dreamcatcher Foundation, said private fundraising efforts to aid the relief effort have hit $200,000 so far.
“It tears your heart out,” said Powless. “Think of losing everything.”
Hurricane Dorian has also made pitfall in Atlantic Canada, where hundreds of thousands of residents have been out of power and many were told to evacuate.
Twenty-seven-year-old Alishia Sabrina Liolli of LaSalle, Ontario has been confirmed dead following the devastating storm still raging in the Bahamas.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified; but the dogs, chickens, husband & children are inside and everything is batted down the best we could!” Liolli wrote on Facebook just before the storm struck at its greatest intensity. “I love you all – please pray for our Bahamasland, especially our Abaco. We will keep everyone updated as best we can!”
According to Global News, Liolli leaves behind her husband and one young son.
“We’re told the son is 15 months of age,” Windsor West MP Brian Masse told Global News. “He’s with the father, which is good, and they’re currently residing in a shelter right now.
“The family has indicated an interest to bring home the child and the extended family, and that’s up for them to decide,” Masse added. “The community is doing a remarkable job of coming together to show that we’re all in this together.”
According to Liolli’s Facebook, she completed her bachelor’s in social work at Ryerson University before going to the Bahamas to pursue her desire to help autistic children.
“Alishia is one of those people that you regard as an angel,” said friend David LaDuca. “She was compassionate and loving, always reaching out to other people.”
Her peers at Ryerson have also characterized Liolli as a sort of mother figure, always willing to go the extra mile for others.
“Can’t believe this is real … a life taken too soon,” cousin Aislinn Liolli said in a Facebook post. “I lost my best friend, my confidante, my rock, my person. Alishia you were a ray of sunshine, always grateful, would give the shirt off your back to anyone. You made the world a better place.”