Governments, NGOs, multilateral institutions, companies and individuals pledged $1.5 billion in recovery funding and in-kind services at the Hurricane Dorian Private Sector Pledging Conference in The Bahamas.
The pledges included initiatives in homebuilding and repair; educational assistance; renewable energy partnerships; relief aid; grants; direct assistance to storm victims; parks restoration; loans and financing.
“These pledges are an important step in the ongoing reconstruction and rebuilding of areas affected by Hurricane Dorian, so that we may rebuild stronger and with more resilience,” said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.
As a follow up to the conference the UNDP and the Government will issue a detailed account of the commitments made disaggregated by sectors and stakeholders.
Hurricane Dorian hit Abaco and Grand Bahama in September 2019. With maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and gusts of 220 miles per hour, Dorian was the strongest storm to hit the Bahamas. It was also the second strongest storm by wind speed recorded in the Atlantic.
There have been 70 confirmed deaths as a result of Hurricane Dorian.
Original source: Caricom
Published on 14 January 2019