UN Secretary-General Surveys Dorian Damage as Humberto Impacts Bahamas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres surveyed Abaco in the Bahamas on September 14, as Tropical Storm Humberto neared the area.

“I’m horrified by the level of devastation,” Guterres said, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Guterres had warned the day before that the cost of recovery in the Bahamas from the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian would be in the “billions of dollars.”

“The Bahamas cannot be expected to foot this bill alone,” Guterres said. “International support will be absolutely essential.”

Hurricane Dorian, then a category five hurricane, made landfall in the Bahamas on September 1. The island of Abaco was largely devastated and about 70,000 people were left homeless.

This video shows scenes from Guterres’ flight over Abaco, as well as press conferences and a visit to a shelter in Nassau for those affected by the storm. Credit: United Nations via Storyful