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Michael Jordan pledges $1M to Bahamas relief after Hurricane Dorian
Former NBA star Michael Jordan is donating $1 million to aid with relief efforts in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian caused mass destruction on the archipelago.
"As the recovery and relief efforts continue, I will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify non-profit agencies where the funds will have the most impact," Jordan said in a statement tweeted by his manager, Estee Portnoy, on Tuesday. "The Bahamian people are strong and resilient and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm."
Jordan, who owns property in the Bahamas and frequently visits the islands, said he was "devastated to see the destruction" brought on by Dorian, adding that "my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones."
Dorian's nearly two-week tale of destruction came to an end over the weekend, with the death toll totaling at least 50 in the Bahamas, according to multiple reports. The total death toll could be as high as 3,000, Bahamas Press reported Sunday.
Government officials and civilian rescue teams are still attempting to reach thousands of people stranded in their homes by heavy flooding and rainfall.
Jordan, a North Carolina native, also donated $2 million to relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which hit the Carolinas last year.