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UK Foreign Secretary to visit Irma-battered Caribbean islands

14 September 2017

The U.S. Virgin Islands were pummeled by Hurricane Irma - and while the federal response has been "awesome", more assistance is needed, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told CNBC on Wednesday.

He is 55-year old Derek Ragnath, formerly of Mahaica Public Road near the police station.

Richard Branson was among the thousands of individuals caught in the pummeling wind and rain of Hurricane Irma over the weekend.

About 100 "very serious" prisoners have escaped from a jail on the British Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

NASA released satellite images of islands in the Caribbean showing the devastations wrought there by Hurricane Irma. They include Anguilla, St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis.

"The ship moved to BVI (British Virgin Islands) and got the airfield operating again".

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Many in the chain of Leeward Islands known as the playground for the rich and famous have criticised governments for failing to respond quickly to the disaster caused by the category five hurricane.

The Eastern Caribbean has been hard hit by Hurricane Irma and the popular cruise destination of St. Thomas has suffered major destruction.

Despite sending troops and ships to deliver help, France, Britain and the Netherlands have been criticized for an insufficient response in islands that are their territories.

"It is a traumatic time here in the British Virgin Islands", Branson wrote in a blog post published on Friday.

The UK government will announce fresh support for British overseas territories devastated by Hurricane Irma within days, the foreign secretary has said.

So I want to explain what the British Government is doing to help those in need - particularly in our Overseas Territories of Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands - where the United Kingdom has a special duty to help.

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He added that while the death toll was low for a storm of this magnitude, the infrastructure on the island of Barbuda "no longer exists".

Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are among 14 British overseas territories in the Caribbean.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson planned a trip to survey the Caribbean after family members of those stranded said their relatives were starving and alone.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander was due to visit the Dutch side of Saint Martin on Monday, the palace said in a statement.

"But I think what I have been amazed by so far, is not so much the impact of the storm, as the resilience and community spirit of those people - coming together to put their islands back on their feet and we are here to help", he added.

RFA Mounts Bay, which was pre-positioned in the Caribbean ahead of hurricane season, started helping in Anguilla on 7 September.

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UK Foreign Secretary to visit Irma-battered Caribbean islands