Hurricane Irma leaves trail of devastation on Barbuda island

14 September, 2017, 01:05 | Author: Christian Benson
  • Nine people were killed in the British territories in the hurricane out of a total of at least 50 dead in the regionMore

France's leader pledged the support Tuesday after landing on the island of Saint Martin.

Last week, the Category 5 Hurricane Irma hammered St. Barts and St. Martin islands, leaving at least 11 dead, seven missing people and over 100 injured, as well as a almost total devastation of urban infrastructure. He was scheduled to fly later Tuesday to the nearby Dutch islands of Saba and St. Eustatius, which also were hit by Irma, but suffered less damage than St. Maarten.

On the Dutch side of the island at least four people were killed and more than 30 others were injured, 11 of them seriously, Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people across the island shared by Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin were trying to rebuild the lives they had before the hurricane hit.

American evacuees were taken to Puerto Rico on military aircraft.

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Macron also referred to other relevant issues such as the re-establishment of electricity and electronic communication services, urban infrastructure fix and the resumption of the school year. Photos and video of St. Martin circulating on social media showed major damage to the Philipsburg airport and heavy flooding in the coastal village of Marigot, according to the AP.

Many homes on St. Barts are destroyed. The consulate said it was working with the US and other governments to try to figure out how to get the Americans off the island either by air or boat. The Canadian low-priced airline and tour agency Sunwing evacuated some Canadian tourists from St Maarten to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on Saturday.

Some of the tourism-dependent islands, after days without electricity and with food and water supplies, have drifted close to lawlessness.

Dr. Macleay couldn't be reached for comment Saturday.

Meteorologists say heavy rain squalls spawning tornadoes are hitting South Florida part of Hurricane Irma's leading edge. All the gangs came to the French side... with guns and machetes. He said Britain needs "to put the pedal to the metal" to get things back to normal.

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Johnson planned to visit the British Virgin Islands later Wednesday.

There has also been criticism of the Dutch response.

"It is an insufficient drop in the Caribbean ocean for islands subject to devastation and inhabited by its own citizens", he wrote in an email.

Sharon Flax-Brutus, director of tourism for the British Virgin Islands (BVI), said the damage was hard to assess because communications were down, but that "many homes are without roofs, or have been diminished to merely foundations".

Weissenstein reported from Havana, Cuba.

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