Richard Branson Necker Island Devastated by Irma

Cuba cleans up after Hurricane Irma tears through Caribbean

But British Virgin Islands Hurricane #Irma story is not about Necker - it is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods.

The NEOC is operating from the New Peebles Hospital, after its own headquarters was damaged by the Category 5 storm. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Or, salt spray from the storm could have dried out leaves while they were still on trees, giving them a brown appearance.

Hurricane Irma cut a destructive path across Florida, but it's first victims were people in the Caribbean.

One of the severely damaged areas by Hurricane Irma was the U.S. Virgin Islands, which left many residents without a home and in dire need of necessities.

Jaspert made the announcement Friday telling residents; "I come to you with a heavy heart after experiencing and observing the extent of devastation caused by Hurricane Irma".

Up to 90 per cent of Barbuda has been destroyed, with the damage leaving the island "barely habitable".

Correspondences are generally still down in the British Virgin Islands and Sir Richard is presently in Puerto Rico, a couple of kilometers toward the west of the islands. "Yesterday afternoon and today we have travelled to Virgin Gorda to try to do everything we can to help the community", Mr Branson wrote in a blog posted over the weekend. This is where I do think we need a much bigger global response to the funding that's needed.

"We heard that 36 percent of Anguilla's capital budget comes from EDF funding -- that will be needed more now than ever". "It's going to take a little while to assess the situation and get in there, on every part of the island".

French President Emmanuel Macron was scheduled to arrive Tuesday in St. Martin to bring aid and fend off criticism that he didn't do enough to respond to the storm.

Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are among 14 British overseas territories which are all self-governing but the British government is responsible for their defence and security, with a duty to protect them from natural disasters.

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