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Cuba counts the cost of deadly Hurricane Irma

13 Septembre 2017

Plans to do so were initially delayed by Hurricane Jose, which roared toward the region as a Category 4 storm Saturday but turned north without doing much further harm. There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Elsewhere in the Caribbean, 26 deaths have been attributed to Irma.

"And were very lucky all of our teams who stayed on Island during the storm are safe and well".

The U.S. government said it was sending a flight Monday to evacuate its citizens from St. Martin, one of the hardest-hit islands where 10 people were killed.

Teresa Brooks, a 23-year-old photographer in London, said her family on nearby Anguilla, another self-governing British territory hit by the storm, reported a "complete disaster". Many homes on South Caicos have been reduced to rubble or lost roofs.

The CDEMA also has launched an emergency relief fund for donations to help the islands affected by Irma. "My brother Sam is now travelling to the BVI with supplies and aid, ranging from nappies and clothing to water purification tablets and tarpaulin for shelter".

"We had a great flood from the Malecon, partial collapses of homes and broken windows and doors", Roberto Fonseca, a resident of the area, told Xinhua.

"The prison was breached, and over 100 very serious prisoners escaped", he said.

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St. Martin, an 87-square kilometer island split roughly in half between the French overseas territory of St. Martin and Dutch-administered St. Maarten, has suffered property damage and power outages.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk yesteday visited St. Martin, reviewing the damage done to the battered island with local leaders. He also claimed that France had asked the United Kingdom for assistance.

It was not until the weekend that 500 British soldiers were in place to help with the relief effort and try to deter looters, and they were bolstered by 50 police officers last night.

Of the 24 deaths blamed on Irma in the Caribbean, nine were in various French territories, one in Barbuda, one in Anguilla, two in St. Maarten, four in the British Virgin Islands, four in the US Virgin Islands, and three in Puerto Rico.

GIBRALTAR have donated ten 4x4s to their fellow British Overseas Territories devastated by Hurricane Irma. Britain sent a Navy ship and almost 500 troops to assist in the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos, and 40 Commando Royal Marines have already arrived in B.V.I.

Photographs captured in the days and hours following Hurricane Irma show the scale of the devastation caused by the record-breaking weather event.

"Sheets of zinc that came flying into our backyard also damaged the kitchen wall and we lost many roof tiles", said Angel Coya, 52, adding he was optimistic that Cuba's Communist government would help fix the damage.

Cuba counts the cost of deadly Hurricane Irma