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Civilization on Barbuda has been 'extinguished' by Irma

17 Septembre 2017

About a week ago, one of the strongest hurricanes in recent decades, "Irma", passed through the Caribbean, causing serious damage to several islands.

According to the company, over 200 engineers, technicians and riggers have been mobilised across the region to undertake the required network restoration work.

Medical supplies were provided by Anguilla's Government through the Cayman Island Health Services Authority, Health City Cayman Islands, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital and other local pharmacies.

"I'm pleased to report that our mobile network in Antigua and Anguilla are already back to pre-Irma usage levels. We have to inspire hope in all those who have endured so much this past week", the release quoted Stewart, whose first Sandals resort outside of Jamaica was on Barbuda's sister island of Antigua 25 years ago.

"I'm anxious about them because that's my livelihood", he said. In 1666, Barbuda became a British colony and in 1685, the island was leased to brothers Christopher and John Codrington, who founded the town of Codrington - the largest settlement on the island. Only pets were left on Barbuda.

Sanders says the world must step up and help Barbuda.

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"In the case of Barbuda, [where 99 per cent of the island was decimated]. there will have to be changes in how Barbuda is reconstructed", Jackson told reporters at a news conference here this afternoon, while stressing that "there are coastal issues facing that country".

"My government was able to mobilize resources and plan for this hurricane before it occurred", he said.

"We removed 1700 people plus from Barbuda to Antigua, and we've had to find shelter and food and water, and all of that for them while at the same time thinking about how we get 500 school children into schools", he added. The devastation was of such an extent that a concerned USA envoy to Antigua and Barbuda Ronald Sanders was forced to make a very big statement.

"The plan is to organise a regional and global aid conference that can help to get significant pledges towards the reconstruction effort of these countries". He explained that the country has a US$1 billion economy but is facing a rebuilding cost of in excess of US$250 million. Not many can decant from one part of their state to the other. The green vegetation could have been ripped away by the storm's winds, showing more bare ground on the satellite images. But they will remain there for the foreseeable future as Barbuda faces a "mammoth task" to rebuild. "We're going to have to keep this going for sometime because Barbuda's not going to be rebuilt in a hurry, and when we do rebuild it, we're going to have to rebuild to massive hurricane standards". The government can not do it alone.

Meanwhile, the Antigua and Barbuda consulate general in Miami, Florida, has set up an official warehouse to receive humanitarian/physical donations. The views expressed are his own.

Civilization on Barbuda has been 'extinguished' by Irma