Prisoners Escape On Hurricane-Hit British Island

Prisoners Escape On Hurricane-Hit British Island

Storm surges flooded the islands.

Mr Johnson will be visiting both Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, visiting officials leading the recovery effort and experiencing the devastation of the worst-hit areas first-hand.

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

By the time Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida's southwest coast on Sunday, triggering one of the largest evacuation orders in American history, several Caribbean islands had already borne the brunt of the hurricane's devastation when it was a far deadlier and more powerful Category 5 storm.

The Foreign Secretary also announced that the British military presence is "really ratcheting up" in the Caribbean, as more troops being sent to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irma. "At the end of the day, the £10 million to £15 million which is going to come to us is not going to be sufficient".

Briton Claudia Knight alleged a prison was blown open on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

This aid is additional to the £32m already announced by the United Kingdom government last week.

Prisoners Escape On Hurricane-Hit British Island

Another ship, HMS Ocean, has been deployed to provide aid to the Caribbean, the second since RFA Mounts Bay started helping in Anguilla on 7 September.

"But hundreds of dedicated British public servants are doing their utmost to help, and they will not relent in their efforts".

"So we have maintained and kept law and order on the British Virgin Islands, which at one point could have dramatically threatened the already-unfortunate plight of those who had been hit by the hurricane".

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry attacked the Government's response to the disaster for being "too little and too late".

"Leo carries a knife with him", she said.

"With the security situation deteriorating in numerous affected islands all British citizens should be considered vulnerable". "This will have to include building resilience against what is likely to be a higher intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, as the effects of climate change continue to grow".



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