Caribbean seeks assistance amid looting after Hurricane Irma

Caribbean seeks assistance amid looting after Hurricane Irma

On September 5, Hurricane "Irma" reached category 5, the maximum on Sapphire-Simpson scale, and battered Cuba near the island Cayo Romano in the north of the central province of Camaguey.

Almost seven million people had been told to leave their homes in mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

At least 38 people were killed and thousands left homeless when the hurricane struck several islands in the Caribbean during September.

Boris Johnson has strongly defended the UK's response to Hurricane Irma after it was labelled "pitiful" by the father of a British tourist trapped on St Martin.

France's public insurance agency estimates that Hurricane Irma inflicted $1.44 billion in damage on infrastructure in the French overseas islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.

On the U.S. Virgin Islands, residents were lining up for food being dropped by American military helicopters.

The hurricane passed over the British territories of Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday night, and the United Kingdom islands of Turks and Caicos on Thursday evening.

But with an aerial photograph, NASA captured another indication of the storm's devastation - it changed the color of some Caribbean islands. Her husband, who is still there, told her that residents and tourists are in shock. It started as a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic, passed over the Caribbean and near Cuba before making landfall in the Keys and on the Florida peninsula Sunday.

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Johnson told BBC's Today programme: "I sympathise with the distress of all the families in the Caribbean, but I must point out we have had half a million British nationals in the path of this hurricane.this is a very big consular crisis and I am confident we are doing everything we can to help British nationals, but there are half a million affected". He was set to travel on to Sint Eustatius, which suffered severe damage. Irma's overall death toll is estimated to be at least 40.

The civil defense organisation said most of the country's provinces had reported "serious destruction" to the agricultural sector.

"We should all be humble in the face of the power of nature, and whatever relief we are able to provide will not be enough for many who have lost so much", said Sir Alan.

A mother picking up her daughter, a survivor who flew to Paris on Monday, said government help was non-existent on Saint Martin.

Two of them are already formed, one in the eastern zone, with greater strength, and another in the western one, with a more weakened system.

"I've never experienced anything like this before and I've seen a lot of natural disasters in my life".

"There was some looting in the first few days, but the Dutch marines and police are on the street to prevent it", said Paul De Windt, publisher of a newspaper on the island.

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