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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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W/S Aerial view of Hurricane Dorian aftermath, Abaco islands

W/S Aerial view of Hurricane Dorian aftermath

W/S Aerial view of Hurricane Dorian aftermath

W/S Aerial view of Hurricane Dorian aftermath

W/S Aerial view of Hurricane Dorian aftermath

W/S Destroyed house

W/S Destroyed rooftop

W/S Humanitarians giving out emergency kits

M/S Victims of hurricane under tent

SOT, Charles Cornish, hurricane survivor: "At one point in my house, it felt like Bigfoot was on the roof, trying to break in through the roof. I mean, that’s how fierce it was. And then we ended up losing one of our windows, so - I had a cabinet which was nearby, we stand that against the window along with a freezer. We took on water all night through the window. And then a part of the ceiling, you know, it was leaking from part of the ceiling."

M/S Victims of hurricane

SOT, Charles Cornish, hurricane survivor: "I mean, it is really heart breaking. To see what I experienced in Marsh Harbour, never, not even with the hurricane Floyd in ’99 we had these kind of stuff."

M/S Victims of hurricane

SOT, Charles Cornish, hurricane survivor: "Right now, you know, there are so many people there that they cannot find, that place is no place to be right now, until the Government figures out how to get that whole area cleared up."

M/S Helicopter and victims of hurricane

SOT, Rein Paulsen, Head of the Regional Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the Latin America and the Caribbean: "The government has established a number of areas of work - food, logistics, health, water and sanitation and the UN has embedded lead experts in those areas and we are delivering assistance in coordination with the government through those channels." Nassau, September 8

SOT, Mariko Kagoshima, UN Resident Coordinator for The Bahamas: "We are responding [to] immediate needs, but at the same time, we are trying to understand who are the most needed of the humanitarian assistance. And especially those populations of undocumented migrants are our main concern." Nassau, September 8

SOT, Rein Paulsen, Head of the Regional Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the Latin America and the Caribbean: "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 life saving supplies: food, water, sanitary and hygiene packs. The UN has deployed the emergency medical teams in government infrastructure to meet trauma needs and respond urgently to people." Nassau, September 8

W/S Aerial view of Hurricane Dorian aftermath in Abaco, September 7th

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