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UN official promises to assist Dominica

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in Dominica earlier this month (image credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)

UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General António Guterres visited Dominica on October 8 and vowed to help the island rebuild after it was hit by Hurricane Maria last month.

During the visit, Guterres also paid tribute to the island’s people for their courage in the face of extremely difficult circumstances.

“I have never seen anywhere else in the world a forest completely decimated without one single leaf on any tree,” said Guterres, who flew by helicopter over some of the most affected areas, according to the UN's press centre.

“In every community, most of the buildings are destroyed or heavily damaged.

“Today, there is scientific proof that climate change is largely responsible for the dramatic increase in the intensity and devastation caused by the hurricanes in the Caribbean and by many other phenomena around the world.”

During private conversations with Dominica's government, Guterres has pledged support to the weather-stricken island.


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