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13 Setiembre 2017, 11:25 | Crisanna Felipe

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The extent of the severe damage Hurricane Irma left behind is still being revealed days after the storm struck the Caribbean as a Category 5 hurricane. But we are very fortunate to have a strong cellar built into Necker's Great House and were very lucky all of our teams who stayed on (the) island during the storm are safe and well.

Over 700 British troops and 50 police officers have been deployed to British Virgin Islands to aid the rescue and relief operations.

"Mounts Bay was not there by chance".

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

On the Dutch side of the island, known a St Maarten, the death toll from the hurricane was raised to four on Sunday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said. There are now 1,500 French helpers in the islands. A French military ship was scheduled to arrive Tuesday with materials for temporary housing.

The US and British Virgin Islands were also pummeled by Irma.

The French energy group EDF said it would send 140 tonnes of electrical equipment including generators and pumps from nearby Guadeloupe as soon as conditions permit.

French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to the hurricane-battered region on Tuesday, but Downing Street was "not aware of any plans" for British ministers to visit the Caribbean disaster zone.

The Dutch defence ministry had stationed two naval vessels in the area before the storm, carrying a helicopter and supplies. The aftermath left the couple with nearly no food and down to their last gallon of water. On Monday, the couple was evacuated via helicopter from Tortola.

"There is nearly no aid on the ground here and we are nearly out of food and water".

A state of emergency remains in place for British Virgin Islands.

But Irma affected only a portion of the Caribbean. However, the government only has enough space to detain only those accused of the most serious offenses.

"They reacted far too late".

Prime Minister Theresa May said work was taking place with United States authorities to ensure British expats and tourists in Florida are protected as millions of locals and visitors flee to safety.

The Ambassador to the U.S. has deployed teams of staff at airports in the affected areas of the USA. Since the storm passed through the region, killing 24 people in Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Barts and the U.S. Virgin Islands, there have been reports of rising crime due to the lack of infrastructure. As Irma clears, airfields will be established in southern Florida and support operations from the sea with air assets provided from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York, the guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto, and the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. "Please help us secure more media coverage of their needs and fundraising opportunities", the petition reads.

Blondel Cluff, Anguilla's representative to the USA and the European Union, told CNN that 15,000 people were now stranded on the island and dependent on humanitarian aid for their basic needs.



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