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UN stenthengs emergency food aid for Bahamas hurricane-struck areas

06.09.2019 22:36 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) With initial assessments indicating that some 76,000people in the parts of the Bahamas worst-affected by Hurricane Dorian need urgent support, the World Food Programme (WFP) is arranging for eight tons of ready-to-eat meals to be provided- part of a US$5.4million overall funding package, UN Radio says referring to WFP Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel yesterday Geneva report. As to Verhoosel, WFP now has its team within Bahamas, which is engaged into assessing of the full extent of the damage and identifying those within greatest need. It is to be admitted, as of this week, 23deaths have been confirmed, and officials fear that the total will rise considerably as the search and rescue effort continues. As to Verhoosel, WFP now is working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Government, and partners, to «identify the most urgent needs and provide support in the vital areas of food, telecommunications and logistics». As to him, an airlift is being organized, from the UN hub in Panama, of storage units, generators, and offices for two logistics hubs to be established on the main islands, and WFP is also providing satellite equipment to ensure connectivity for emergency responders across the affected island group. He added that WFP is making US$5.4million available, as part of a three-month Limited Emergency Operation (LEO), because of the severity of the situation. The operation will provide support to 39,000people and, within a first phase, WFP will focus on procuring and distributing up to 85tons of ready-to-eat meals for the most affected communities.

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