Britain increases aid for storm-hit Caribbean islands

Marco Green
September 14, 2017

More than six million people in Florida and Georgia have been warned to leave their homes as the National Hurricane Centre warned the storm will bring "life-threatening" wind, with forecasters predicting storm surges of up to 15 ft.

A man from Horsham is among a British disaster response team now in the British Virgin Islands helping to cope with the apocalyptic aftermath of Hurricane Irma. "And we don't know what to do", she wrote.

Following a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee on Saturday, Sir Michael said: "The relief operation is now well under way".

The Dutch government on Sunday described the situation as "fragile" on its half of the island of St. Martin, where an undisclosed number of arrests of looters were made after Irma damaged or destroyed 70 percent of the local housing stock. "We had to fend for ourselves", he told Reuters. "We have spent the past two days visiting team members who live on Virgin Gorda and as many people as possible, distributing aid, water and supplies". They have provided medical supplies and aid including 2.2 tonnes of United Kingdom aid shelter kits providing shelter for nearly 1,000 people, rations and clean water. French President Emmanuel Macron was expected in the Caribbean on Tuesday.

To donate to the British Red Cross Hurricane Irma appeal visit: www.redcross.org.uk/HurricaneIrma or call 0300 456 4999.

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Britain increases aid for storm-hit Caribbean islands

"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. He said he is now coordinating recovery efforts through government agencies, aid organizations and media to help the islands in the region.

Branson said the British government had a "massive role to play" in rebuilding its territories, including the British Virgin Islands, an offshore financial center.

"With the security situation deteriorating in numerous affected islands all British citizens should be considered vulnerable".

But Branson said there needs to be a more mobilized effort to deal with the aftermath of hurricanes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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