Sat. Dec 14th, 2019

Bahamas to be hit by another powerful storm

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A new storm is threatening the Bahamas just two weeks after Hurricane Dorian tore through part of the islands.

Tropical Depression Nine, which could turn into a tropical cyclone within two days, is already causing heavy rains and strong winds on the islands.

About 1,300 people are missing after Dorian, while at least 15,000 are in need of shelter, food and medical care.

Officials have warned that flooding from the fresh storm could hamper their rescue and relief efforts.

The islands are expected to see up to 10cm of rainfall and wind speeds of 45 km/h in the coming days.

“The financial cost of the damage caused by Dorian is not clear, but it will be in the billions of dollars. The Bahamas cannot be expected to foot this bill alone,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on his arrival in Nassau, according to a transcript of his prepared remarks.

Guterres was expected to visit over the weekend with people affected by the hurricane and the humanitarian teams assisting them. He planned to meet with Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in Nassau.

 

Via Reuters/ National Hurricane Centre

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