Britain ups aid for storm-hit Caribbean, but Brexit fears loom

14 September, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Nearly 500 British troops have been deployed to Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma as Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says the "relief operation is well under way".

He is 55-year old Derek Ragnath, formerly of Mahaica Public Road near the police station.

Once the storm calmed down, Richard Branson has noted with dismay the significant damage on the island after the passing of Irma: palm trees uprooted, neighborhoods flooded, cars that are returned.

Ragnath's family members were not with him when disaster struck.

Six people have been killed in the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

He told MPs: "The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped".

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"They are all safe however my dad told me that the situation on the island is dire and the government response nearly invisible", she told the BBC.

Antigua and Barbuda, St. Martin and the Virgins Islands took the brunt of Hurricane Irma's wrath as the storm cut power lines and communication to and from the isolated islands.

The British military presence is "really ratcheting up" in the Caribbean with more troops being sent to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irma, the Foreign Secretary has announced.

The British overseas territories, including Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands, have their own government, but they rely on the London Executive when it comes to assuring protection during natural disasters.

In a blog post, the Virgin founder wrote: 'As you can see from the photos, much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged.

So far, Irma has claimed at least 24 lives in its deadly path across the Atlantic, including five in the British Virgin Islands and one each on Anguilla and Barbuda, and left thousands of people homeless.

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He also appealed to the British government to establish a "disaster recovery Marshall Plan" for the BVI and other Caribbean islands, a reference to the operation launched by the U.S. to rebuild western Europe after World War II.

The storm made landfall in Florida on Sunday before causing serious destruction in Miami, however, yesterday Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm as it headed north.

Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island also suffered in the hurricane.

French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the French-Dutch territory of St Martin on Tuesday and Dutch King Willem-Alexander travelled there on Monday. Further advisors are expected to arrive across the islands in the coming days.

Boris Johnson said only £4m remained of a £32m relief fund after troops and police were sent to the area.

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