Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Prisoners Escape On Hurricane-Hit British Island

Prisoners Escape On Hurricane-Hit British Island

Even though Havana was far from where Irma first hit, the city suffered severe flooding and widespread wind damage. The outer bands of the massive storm knocked out power in a town that normally would be busy with tourists.

'The island has been devastated, it's been hard for people to move around until you get helicopters there, but there are troops now there assisting the governor to ensure law and order is maintained'.

Victor Banks said the £32 million pledged in aid to territories in the region is "significant", but added "it is not enough" and estimated the bill to fix his island's infrastructure alone could reach £1 billion.

"They feel cut off from the world and wonder if the world is noticing", says Elliott Mason, a Miami computer tech business owner and a native of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, whose family survived Irma.

Evacuations continue on the island ahead of Hurricane Jose.

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Caribbean islanders began counting the cost of Hurricane Irma after the brutal storm left a trail of death, destruction and chaos that could take the tourist-dependent region years to recover from.

The premier of the British Virgin Islands, Orlando Smith, also appealed for urgent aid from Britain, saying the situation was critical and calling for a comprehensive package.

About 70 percent of the beds at the main hospital in the French portion of St. Martin were severely damaged, and more than 100 people needing urgent medical care were evacuated. According to reports, Irma is heading to north towards Florida.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC Monday that the government plans to help for the long term and is in the process of formulating a recovery plan for its overseas territories.

Photographs captured in the days and hours following Hurricane Irma show the scale of the devastation caused by the record-breaking weather event.

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Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are U.S. territories but residents there fear the hurricane disasters in Texas and Florida will mean less recovery attention and resources from agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

After touring all of the Turks and Caicos, a British Overseas Territory, Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robin said she would ask the British governor to declare an emergency in South Caicos, the most damaged island, as well as for the capital Gran Turk.

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated United States territory, managed to avoid a direct hit from Irma but suffered strong winds and torrential rains. The US Virgin Islands were also badly affected. Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power on Friday. The country's disaster office also issued warnings of heavy rains and winds in various regions of Haiti late Saturday night.

Now that the clouds are starting to part, it's possible to see the damage from above with satellites.

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