Boris Johnson to visit islands affected by Hurricane Irma

Lucy Bush
September 14, 2017

Irma reportedly damaged 90 percent of some islands, ruining buildings and wiping out plants. Eric Silagy, president and chief executive of Florida Power & Lights, told the Washington Post that he suspects over half of Florida's population is out of electricity. Homes can be rebuilt but lives can't.

On returning to the UK, British tourists Thanai Caesar and Rochelle Fyffe spoke of their fear, having been in Antigua when Irma struck.

The Haitian government has not confirmed any deaths after Irma skirted the island's northern coast, but did report one person missing. Inland whole communities were laid waste by the storm.

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"Other countries are asking for our assistance in the region".

British Virgin Islands before and after Hurricane Irma.

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DFID is also working with agencies across the affected region to plan how to rebuild and reconstruct damaged areas.

He said that more than 500,000 British nationals have been in the path of the hurricane and that 997 British military personnel are now in the Caribbean helping with the relief effort. Nothing. No food. No water.

The worldwide airport in Providenciales, which was flooded by Irma, is only allowing humanitarian flights for now.

"The devastation that has taken place means there will be a significant need for reconstruction in those British Overseas Territories", she said. He said there were no deaths as a result of the hurricane and no one seriously injured.

Louis lives in Lacey, but was born and raised in St. Thomas. A tropical storm watch was in effect for the British Virgin Islands as of Saturday morning.

Army soldiers have deployed from RFA Mounts Bay on the British Virgin Islands and marines secured the airport to open it for military flights before a A400 flight landed on the British Virgin Islands, bringing a further 50 marines.

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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".

They continued: "In response to the allegation we would have sent more stuff [to affected areas] had they been eligible, that is complete nonsense".

The U.S. sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to assist in search-and-rescue operations in the Keys, where Irma touched down Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane.

Puerto Rico continued to provide assistance to USA citizens stranded in St. Thomas and in St. Martin and St. Maarten due to Irma.

In Puerto Rico mobilising aid efforts for BVI & Caribbean.

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