Irma kills Guyanese in British Virgin Islands

14 September, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Sir Richard Branson

She rejected claims her government had been too slow to act, and noted that more than 1,000 British military personnel are now in the region, with another 200 due to arrive within days, along with more than 60 police officers.

Even from space, the effects of Irma are clearly visible.

Ragnath's family members were not with him when disaster struck. The powerful storm cut a path of destruction over the Caribbean last week, leaving at least 24 dead and leaving some islands in complete ruins. They include Anguilla, St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis. Several other islands, including St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands, suffered serious damage.

"They are all safe however my dad told me that the situation on the island is dire and the government response nearly invisible", she told the BBC.

Richard Branson shared videos and photos of his private island, Necker, which was severely damaged when Hurricane Irma hurtled through the Caribbean over the weekend.

Despite sending troops and ships to deliver help, France, Britain and the Netherlands have been criticized for an insufficient response in islands that are their territories. The government there said up to 90 percent of buildings were damaged or destroyed.

The announcement came as Boris Johnson travelled to the Caribbean to visit the British overseas territories battered by Irma.


The death toll in the British territories had climbed to nine, Duncan said, comprising five in the British Virgin Islands and four in Anguilla.

Following criticism of the Government's response to the disaster, ministers announced a £32 million relief package and pledged to double any public donations to the British Red Cross appeal for victims of Hurricane Irma, up to £3 million. She also said that the leaves could have been dried out by salt that was whipped onto the island when the storm hit.

Mr Johnson said the United Kingdom had responded in a "timely and a highly organised fashion", with further promises of support expected on top of the £32 million already committed and the pledge to match donations to the Red Cross appeal.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, who visited Dutch territories on Monday, spoke of his horror at what he found.

Brushing aside critics, the Foreign Secretary said there had been an "unprecedented" relief effort from the United Kingdom and that he had "no doubt" Britain would meet the challenges ahead.

He said: "Other countries actually now been asking us for help including the French, we've got three planes going out today, it's an unprecedented effort by the United Kingdom to meet what has been an unprecedented catastrophe in that part of the Caribbean".

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