United Kingdom has 'duty' to Hurricane Irma-hit islands

14 September, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Hurricane Irma a record Category 5 storm is seen approaching Puerto Rico in this satellite image taken at about on September 6.   NOAA  Reuters

Hundreds of United Kingdom troops and 50 police officers have already been sent to the British Virgin Islands after they were battered by the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

And, if you want to donate as well, the Government will match every pound that you contribute to the Red Cross Hurricane Irma appeal, up to a maximum of £3 million.

Ragnath's family members were not with him when disaster struck.

Hurricane Irma has killed dozens of people and injured many more since the record-breaking storm roared over the French Caribbean islands. They include Anguilla, St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis.

"The prison was breached, and over 100 very serious prisoners escaped", he said.

The French government has also faced criticism from political opponents and from islanders who say they feel abandoned amid the post-hurricane chaos.

SIR RICHARD Branson has revealed the extent of the devastation on his Caribbean island as Hurricane Irma continued to batter Florida with 100mph winds and torrential rain.

"But I've absolutely no doubt that we can face up to the challenge, we can deliver the help that those islanders need, we are seeing some signs of improvement, things are getting better on BVI, we've now got to make sure Anguilla gets the help it needs".

During his short visit to Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, Mr Johnson will meet governors and other officials leading the recovery work, and will see first hand some of the most hard-hit places.

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Barbuda, however, suffered a much worse fate: As reported by the Los Angeles Times, an estimated 95 percent of island houses were damaged or destroyed, and some 1,600 residents were evacuated.

Irma, now a category 2 storm, hit Georgia and SC with winds that peaked at 50 miles per hour, but higher gusts were reported by South Carolina's Emergency Management Division.

"But hundreds of dedicated British public servants are doing their utmost to help and they will not relent in their efforts".

£32 million already announced for disaster relief with a further £25million committed.

The Foreign Secretary's visit was praised by Anguillan chief minister Victor Banks, who said it "sends a very positive signal to Anguillians that the British are serious about their response".

At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean, with 12 dead in Florida, four killed in SC and two in Georgia.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted that Britain was responding strongly to an "unprecedented catastrophe".

Mr Johnson said there are now 1,000 troops which have been deployed, with this figure set to increase to 1,250 in the coming days.

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