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Bahamas: ‘Urgent need’ for critical supplies, UN officials say

Bahamas, Abaco, Nassau
September 09, 2019 at 04:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

“There is an urgent need for critical life-saving supplies: food, water, sanitary and hygiene packs,” said the UN’s Head of the Regional office for Cooridination of Humanitarian Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean Rein Paulsen, while speaking to the press on in Nassau on Sunday.

Aerial images taken from Abaco island on Saturday, which along with Grand Bahama was the worst hit byt the hurricane, display the scale of destruction, exhibiting destroyed terminal buildings and houses that have left the population completely vulnerable.

"The physical destruction is massive. It is encouraging however to see the way that some people, residents are finding quick solutions to respond to the situation themselves. But they need support. There is an urgent need for critical lifesaving supplies: food, water, sanitary and hygiene packs,” Paulsen said.

Dorian, which became a Category 5 hurricane with winds reaching 185 miles per hour (297 kilometres per hour) before striking the Bahamas, has in the meantime moved its way up the east coast of North America, striking the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia having downgraded to a post-tropical storm since it lost a clearly defined eye.

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“There is an urgent need for critical life-saving supplies: food, water, sanitary and hygiene packs,” said the UN’s Head of the Regional office for Cooridination of Humanitarian Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean Rein Paulsen, while speaking to the press on in Nassau on Sunday.

Aerial images taken from Abaco island on Saturday, which along with Grand Bahama was the worst hit byt the hurricane, display the scale of destruction, exhibiting destroyed terminal buildings and houses that have left the population completely vulnerable.

"The physical destruction is massive. It is encouraging however to see the way that some people, residents are finding quick solutions to respond to the situation themselves. But they need support. There is an urgent need for critical lifesaving supplies: food, water, sanitary and hygiene packs,” Paulsen said.

Dorian, which became a Category 5 hurricane with winds reaching 185 miles per hour (297 kilometres per hour) before striking the Bahamas, has in the meantime moved its way up the east coast of North America, striking the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia having downgraded to a post-tropical storm since it lost a clearly defined eye.

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