Hurricane Irma: UK government response in numbers, 13 September 2017

Hurricane Irma: UK government response in numbers, 13 September 2017

Hurricane Irma: UK government response in numbers, 13 September 2017

Johnson will visit the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, both United Kingdom overseas territories which were badly damaged by the storm that made landfall in the region on September 6, reports BBC.

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

He had been stranded away from Tortola when Irma struck and his own home was one of the many severely damaged by the hurricane.

Irma has claimed at least 24 lives, including five in the British Virgin Islands and one each on Anguilla and Barbuda, and left thousands of people homeless when it smashed into the region on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson has pledged to be there "in the long term" for British people whose Caribbean homes were ripped apart by the storm. They include Anguilla, St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis.

Communications are mostly still down in the British Virgin Islands where its premier, Orlando Smith, has called for a "comprehensive economic package for reconstruction" from the UK.

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

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Irma hit the Caribbean islands first, grazing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti before hitting Cuba at full force.

Mr Johnson said he is visiting to "show the commitment of the United Kingdom to this country", adding: "We are here to help".

Army soldiers have deployed from RFA Mounts Bay on the British Virgin Islands and marines secured the airport to open it for military flights before a A400 flight landed on the British Virgin Islands, bringing a further 50 marines. The government there said up to 90 percent of buildings were damaged or destroyed.

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.

In a release on Sunday. the Prime Minister announced a £32 million relief fund to support the humanitarian effort and the United Kingdom was the first country to arrive on the scene and the United Kingdom government is also doubling all public donations made to the British Red Cross appeal. French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit St. Martin on Tuesday.

He said: "On Necker Island we have constructed really strong buildings (with hurricane blinds) that should be able to handle extreme weather pretty well, though with a Category Five hurricane nearly nothing can withstand it".

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