Boris Johnson to visit Caribbean following criticism over United Kingdom response to hurricane
Sep 14 2017
More than 1,000 military personnel are now in the region, with another 200 due to arrive within days, along with more than 60 police officers, she said.
"We felt the full force of the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean".
The European Union's humanitarian aid commissioner released $24 million to help Caribbean islands improve overall health conditions as well as focus on the key sectors of water, sanitation and waste management in the wake of Irma.
In some islands, including Barbuda, 90 percent of buildings were reported to be destroyed or damaged, according to Business Insider.
Although Georgia and SC avoided the worst of Irma's destructive path, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency after 340,000 were left without electricity and four people died.
Richard also revealed how he sheltered himself from the storm.
Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Before Irma made landfall in the U.S., two other storms, Jose in the Atlantic Ocean and Katia in the Gulf of Mexico, were upgraded to hurricane status. Irma's overall death toll is estimated to be at least 40. "It'll be called Virgin Island Relief".
Facts and figures on the United Kingdom government's relief work in the Caribbean and the British Overseas Territories in response to Hurricane Irma.
Defending the UK's preparedness for the disaster, Mr Johnson said: "It doesn't make any sense when a hurricane is impending to send in heavy aircraft or to send in ships that are not going to be capable themselves of withstanding the storm".
Addressing those gathered at the home of Anguilla governor Tim Foy on Tuesday, Mr Johnson admitted he "hadn't seen much of the island yet", but that what he saw was "very surprising".
Alex Martinez, a 31-year-old American trapped on the Dutch part of St. Martin by Irma, said looters tried to raid his near-deserted hotel before he and others chased them off. "I will shake up all the rules and procedures so the job is done as quickly as possible".
But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted that Britain was responding strongly to an "unprecedented catastrophe".
Despite sending reinforcements and ships to deliver help, France, Britain and the Netherlands have been criticized for not doing enough for the islands that they oversee.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk yesteday visited St. Martin, reviewing the damage done to the battered island with local leaders.