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UN Secretary-General: Bahamas Can’t Foot Cost of Dorian Alone

As United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned that climate change will increase risks of devastating natural disasters, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said the government expects a decrease in revenue as a result of Hurricane Dorian.

“We anticipate that the revenue will decrease,” Minnis said at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, the Nassau Guardian reported Sept. 14. “However, we’ve been getting quite a lot of assistance from the international community.”

Guterres said there should be financing available for countries like the Bahamas when they are affected by climate-related disasters.

“In our new era of climate crisis, hurricanes and storms have turbocharged,” Guterres said. “They have come with greater intensity and frequency, the direct result of warmer oceans.

“It is absolutely essential to create an international consensus that concessional financing needs to be put at the disposal of countries for the reconstruction and for the capacity to do that reconstruction, increasing the resilience of the societies, and of the communities and of the countries to future disasters that inevitably will come,” he said.

Guterres urged countries to come up with plans to reduce emissions and reduce the impact of climate-related disasters on vulnerable countries.

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