Monday, 20 November, 2017

Richard Branson's Caribbean Island Destroyed by Hurricane Irma

Strong waves brought by Hurricane Irma hit the Malecon seawall in Havana Cuba late Saturday Sept. 9 2017 Strong waves brought by Hurricane Irma hit the Malecon seawall in Havana Cuba late Saturday Sept. 9 2017
Andrew Cummings | 14 September, 2017, 01:19

First landing in Barbuda last Tuesday, Hurricane Irma has proven catastrophic to infrastructure as it passed through the Caribbean into Florida, according to TIME magazine.

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

About 100 "very serious" prisoners have escaped from a jail on the British Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The destruction is also clearly visible on Barbuda-an eastern Caribbean island that was directly hit by the storm's powerful eye.

Meanwhile, the National Police Chiefs' Council confirmed that officers would provide support to the British Virgin Islands force as part of the relief effort.

The U.K. government received criticism for its response to Hurricane Irma, with some U.K. citizens on islands saying they felt abandoned.

Hurricane Irma reportedly affected Sir Richard Branson's privately-owned island, Necker Island earlier this week.

"We are hopeful Hurricane Jose will not hit the BVI as hard as Hurricane Irma did, but we're urging everyone to get prepared and helping with supplies where we can", he wrote.

"We had a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the British Virgin islands (BVI)", junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told parliament. As for the island of Necker island and Mosquito, the buildings have been destroyed, but the people seem to be going well so far.

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More than 500 British troops are believed to be in the region, including 125 troops working with the local police on the British Virgin Islands, amid reports of looting.

Irma has weakened-it had already been downgraded to a tropical storm before it hit Tampa-but it continues to dump massive amounts of rain onto Florida and Georgia.

"But with the United Kingdom response to Irma drawing wide criticism, Theresa May is still to announce whether she or Boris Johnson will visit those most affected, look them in the eye and put their concerns at the centre of her Government's response plan".

By the time it passed the Virgin Islands on September 6, Irma was a category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. Some islanders said they had been told that they could expect to be without electricity for months.

Speaking to Sky News' Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley on an aid flight to the region, alongside Royal Marines and medics, Mr Johnson said: "This has been long-planned ever since the hurricane broke".

Back in July, we sent RFA Mounts Bay, a 16,000-ton naval supply ship, to the Caribbean so that it would be ready to help with any emer- gency during the Hurricane season.

French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the French-Dutch territory of St Martin on Tuesday and Dutch King Willem-Alexander travelled there on Monday.

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