Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2019. 4:34 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: In the aftermath of the devastation left behind Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the Bahamas this week, the chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Allan M. Chastanet, issued a statement pledging regional support to the country’s people.
Chastanet said that the hearts of CARICOM members are heavy, describing the situation in the Bahamas as a “historic tragedy.” He compared the devastation recorded in the Bahamas to that experienced in the region two years ago when Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought destruction to several Caribbean nations.
“The Caribbean Community expresses its full solidarity with the Government and People of The Bahamas at this time and stands ready to give whatever assistance is required to deal with the effects of this tragedy,” Chastanet said.
He also said that, in advance of Hurricane Dorian, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) sent two Rapid Needs Assessment teams to The Bahamas. These teams will assist the Government to assess the situation and facilitate the provision of immediate relief in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Once the needs list is prepared, that information will be shared with the wider Caribbean. He urged Caribbean citizens, in the region and throughout the diaspora, as well as countries within the international community to assist the people of the Bahamas in meeting those needs.
He added that, at the last CARICOM summit held in Saint Lucia in July 2019, CARICOM Heads of Government considered options for financing Member States’ actions to build resilience to the effects of climate change, including the establishment of a Resilience Foundation, and that he hopes those discussions will he given “new impetus” in the coming months.
“I call on all the people of the Caribbean to continue to keep The Bahamas and all countries affected by or currently in the path of Hurricane Dorian in our thoughts and prayers,” he said.
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