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UN urges Americans not to forget Hurricane Sandy’s Caribbean victims – Caribbean360


Americans have been marking the occasions with various ceremonies along the northeast section of the country, particularly in New York, where the devastating storm caused over US$18 billion worth of damage.

But UNDP director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Heraldo Muñoz, is calling on New Yorkers not to forget that the United States was the last stop on Sandy’s path opf destruction.

“Sandy, one of the largest Atlantic hurricanes on record, rumbled across the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and other countries before finally reaching the eastern seaboard of the US,” he said.

One year on, UNDP said that recovery efforts from the storm are underway, but some of the agency’s officials say that the suffering of those in developing Caribbean nations may have been underplayed.

“Because of socio-economic vulnerabilities, people in developing countries are often less prepared for a large event and unfortunately are not as quick to bounce back or recover,” said Jo Scheuer, UNDP Coordinator of Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery. via  – Caribbean360

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