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Irma claims dozens of lives across Caribbean, United States

13 Setiembre 2017, 09:26 | Martinez Canez

The projected path of hurricane Irma at 8 AM on Friday Sept. 8. National Hurricane Center

The projected path of hurricane Irma at 8 AM on Friday Sept. 8. National Hurricane Center

Many people had left town over the past couple of days, with all foreigners urged to evacuate. (AAP) Damage caused by Hurricane Irma on the Island of Anguilla.

The death toll for the Caribbean now stands at at least 34. "I thought I would come back and find the roof gone", said Yolexis Domingo, 39, using a machete to hack the branches off a tree that fell in front of his house in Caibarien.

Hurricane-force winds of 125 miles per hour (over 200 kp/h) whipped roofs clean off buildings, ripped trees from the ground and forced evacuations along the coast.

Hurricane-strength winds later were recorded in the northern half of Camaguey province, the agency said. And authorities in the city of Santa Clara said 39 buildings collapsed. Heads of State and Government, political organizations, and friends of the solidarity movements have expressed their willingness to help us, which we thank on behalf of the more than eleven million of Cubans. But it's permanent residents of the Virgin Islands that he's most anxious about.

"It is desolate. People are overwhelmed", she said.

Johnson has defended the British government's response amid claims it was slow to help the British overseas territories, saying there had been an "unprecedented" effort to deal with the aftermath of the storm. Castaner said that many islanders were suffering from "an impact of emotional shock, an impact that's extremely hard psychologically".

Power was out and cellphone service was spotty in many regions as Irma neared the end of a 200-mile (320-km) trek westwards along the top of the island.

Power outages, broken pipes and other infrastructure damages from Irma were blamed for water cutoffs to homes, but Cubans with cisterns and wells also said their water stocks were contaminated with flood waters.

MARTIN: Were any of these islands evacuated?

More than 1,000 tons of water and 85 tons of food have been shipped to the French Caribbean territories of St. Martin and St. Barts, and additional deliveries are expected, according to government officials in the nearby island of Guadeloupe.

Warnings of risky storm surges remained in effect through vast swaths of peninsula Florida, where more than six million people had been ordered to flee Irma in one of the biggest evacuations in USA history.

Johnson will visit the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, both United Kingdom overseas territories which were badly damaged by the storm that made landfall in the region on September 6, reports BBC. "I have requested Rotary Clubs to send shelter boxes to the islands - apparently 2,000 have gone out so far but we need more".

"I think the atmosphere now is relief, knowing it is past and the building is still there and everyone is OK", said the British woman, wearing a colorful pareo over her swimsuit.

The arrival of Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 that passed by on Sunday, only delayed recovery efforts across the Leeward Islands. A hurricane watch also was discontinued for nearby Antigua.

Residents have been allowed to return to some islands in the Florida Keys as officials try to piece together the scope of Irma's destruction and rush aid to the drenched and debris-strewn state.

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