Devastating hurricanes could become the new normal. We must preserve our paradises, make climate action our top priority.

In visit to hurricane hit Caribbean islands, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says those affected urgently need help to rebuild their lives and a more resilient future.

The Secretary-General cited “a clear link” between the level of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, including CO2, the temperature of the water and the intensity of the rainstorms and of the different hurricanes in the region and in other parts of the world.

Hurricane Irma, which struck the region in early September, had winds of 300 km per hour for 37 hours — the longest such period ever recorded.

“So the link between climate change and the devastation we are witnessing is clear, and there is a collective responsibility of the international community to stop this suicidal development,” stated Mr. Guterres.

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Here’s a selection of photos taken in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda by UN photographer Rick Bajornas:

Credit: Rick Bajornas/UN Photo