October 28, 2020

WFP will send eight tons of food for those affected by the hurricane in Bahamas

The World Food Program (WFP) announced Thursday the immediate shipment of eight tons of food to Bahamas to support the population affected by Hurricane Dorian.

According to a spokesman, WFP has already acquired these portions of prepared food and is organizing its transportation to the archipelago for distribution.

In addition, the UN agency plans to send a total of 85 tons of food over the next three months, within a $ 5.4 million operation with which it initially expects to assist some 39,000 people.

According to the first estimates of the United Nations, up to 76,000 people may require help in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, the areas most affected by Dorian.

WFP staff is in the Bahamas working with the Government and other partners to identify the most urgent needs.

In addition, it is organizing an air transport of materials to launch two logistics centers in the country.

The UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock was in the Bahamas on Wednesday, where he met with Prime Minister Huber Minnis and announced a $ 1 million first aid for emergency work.

In telephone statements to journalists, Lowcock stressed that the Caribbean country "has never seen anything of this scale" and asked the international community for help for those affected once there is more clarity about the needs.

The tasks of search, rescue and delivery of aid to survivors continued to dropper this Thursday, given the difficulties in accessing the areas most affected by the damage caused by the hurricane in ports and airports.

So far, the official death toll amounts to 20 people, but the authorities have already warned that the balance will increase as more areas are accessed.

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