Geneva (AFP) – Greater than 76,000 folks might be in want of meals and different assist within the Bahamas after the Caribbean nation was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian, the UN’s World Meals Programme stated on Thursday, with eight tonnes of provides able to arrive.
Dorian was a Class 5 hurricane — the best on the five-level wind scale — when it hit the northern Bahamas, leaving a path of destruction and killing at the least 20 folks.
As a global rescue effort ramped up for hundreds of victims of Dorian on the northern Bahamas islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, residents of the Carolinas had been making ready for the now Class 2 storm.
“WFP has bought eight tons of able to eat meals and is arranging their transportation to the Bahamas to be distributed to the affected inhabitants,” stated Herve Verhoosel, senior WFP spokesman.
“Greater than 76,000 folks within the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands might require meals and different help.”
He stated outcomes from an analysis anticipated on Saturday would give a clearer image of the island’s wants. One other 85 tonnes of emergency meals must be delivered in the course of the subsequent three months.
WFP is organising an airlift from the UN hub in Panama of storage items, turbines, and prefab workplaces for 2 logistics hubs to be established on the primary islands.
Aerial footage has proven scenes of catastrophic injury in Abaco with a whole lot of properties lacking roofs, automobiles submerged or overturned, widespread flooding and boats lowered to matchwood.
The worldwide airport in Freeport, the biggest metropolis on Grand Bahama island, was broken and its runways unusable, complicating reduction efforts.