Leading UNDP’s First Response Team discussions in The Bahamas is Denise E Antonio (centre); UNDP Resident Representative for Jamaica, The Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands. Richard kelly; UNDP Jamaica Programmes Specialist (left) and Ugo Blanco; UNDP Barbados Deputy Resident Representative and UNDP Senior Recovery Adviser. They were at the Operation Support Center for International Organizations in Nassau.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has deployed staff to support the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), to provide support to the government and people of Bahamas, to aid in the recovery process from the devastating impact of hurricane Dorian.
Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, made landfall in Bahamas on Sunday, September 1, as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph with some gusts of up to 220.
The most affected areas are indicated in preliminary reports are Abaco and Grand Bahama. Large parts of those islands are still underwater making movement and landing of flights difficult. Aerial assessments have revealed massive flooding, hundreds of damaged and destroyed buildings and downed power lines.
There have been twenty confirmed deaths so far.