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Richard Branson takes shot at 'man-made climate change' in Irma's wake

16 Septembre 2017

Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island also suffered in the hurricane.

The British Virgin Islands' (BVI) financial centre is battling to resume business as usual after the area was devastated by Hurricane Irma. He said: "On Necker Island we have constructed really strong buildings (with hurricane blinds) that should be able to handle extreme weather pretty well, though with a Category Five hurricane nearly nothing can withstand it".

Branson said the government's response to the Hurricane - which has been highly criticised - has led to "worrying reports of civil unrest".

Sam wrote: "Glad to say that all humans on Necker are OK although a lot of buildings destroyed".

Branson is now based in Puerto Rico where he is "mobilising recovery with government and aid agencies" before he heads back to the island to help on the ground.

In Antigua and Barbuda, at least four churches were destroyed by Hurricane Irma, said Boyce.

Claudia Knight, 33, who runs a school on Tortola, said no one there was leaving home unarmed. "We will support the mid to long term efforts on the ground and help provide support as those affected recover from the disaster", Branson writes.

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More than 100 prisoners have been recaptured after escaping from a jail on the British Virgin Islands during the chaos wrought by Hurricane Irma.

As Florida begins to pick-up the pieces after Hurricane Irma, many islands in the Caribbean have already seen the scope of the devastation.

Branson 67, released images depicting the toll the hurricane had on Necker Island on his personal blog and social media platforms, writing: "We have seen first-hand just how ferocious and unforgiving this storm has been". The group is asking local residents to donate food, clothes, financial aid, and other relief items to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency, Newsday reported.

The Englishman was posting from Puerto Rico as communications are reportedly not operating on the British Virgin Islands, where Necker is located.

In a second post, Branson stood in front of the damage looking a bit shellshocked over the devastation on his island.

"The islands are in real duress and need help, and it's not getting done by our local government".

Richard Branson takes shot at 'man-made climate change' in Irma's wake