UN humanitarian chief has called on the international community to provide assistance to people in the Bahamas following devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.
The hurricane hit the Bahamas on Sunday. At least 20 people have died but the full extent of damage has yet to be determined. The Bahamian government says the death toll is likely to rise.
Mark Lowcock, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is visiting the Bahamas to inspect the damage.
Lowcock made the appeal in a teleconference on Wednesday. He said more than 70,000 people are in urgent need of food and shelter.
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Bahamian Health Minister Duane Sands said the dead were from the worst-hit Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, which are home to about 70,000 people and where about 50 percent of homes are thought to have been either destroyed or severely damaged.
The United Nations estimates some 70,000 people are in immediate need of food, water and shelter, and the World Food Programme said on Thursday it was organising an airlift from Panama, including eight metric tonnes of ready-to-eat meals, two logistics hubs and satellite equipment for emergency response teams.