What it's about:
Following a recent visit to the Caribbean island of Dominica, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres took stock of the immense damage caused by Hurricane Maria last month and the relief efforts underway.
“I have never seen anywhere else in the world a forest completely decimated without one single leaf on any tree,” said Guterres, who added that the prevalence of hurricanes in the Caribbean was not an accident but a result of climate change.
Citing research by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the secretary-general said natural disasters had tripled, while the economic damaged caused by them had increased five-fold.
The United Nations and its partners recently launched a financial appeal for $31 million to aid over 90 percent of Dominicans – some 65,000 people – in the next three months.
Why it's noteworthy:
Hurricane Maria was a category-5 storm and made landfall on September 18, thrashing the island nation with extreme winds and rain. It left people without electricity and water, destroyed homes and health clinics, and isolated communities on the mountainous island.
Guterres said the United Nations had an important role to play in guiding Dominica on its mission to become the world's first climate-resistant nation, offering good analysis on how to achieve and monitor national climate resilience.
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