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NASA Satellite Images Show How Hurricane Irma Devastated the Caribbean

15 September 2017

He has already contributed $250,000 for hurricane aid in the area.

The British billionaire and Virgin Group founder, 67, also headed to Puerto Rico after hunkering down in his Necker Island wine cellar, but announced in a Monday blog post that he will soon return to the British Virgin Islands to help rebuild after the storm devastated parts of the Caribbean.

Many live in the US and British Virgin Islands and were heading from San Juan to the USA mainland to leave their children with relatives and then go back home to resume work so they can keep providing for their loved ones. Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Wednesday that the United Kingdom would deploy an additional 200 personnel and 60 police officers on top of 40 tons of aid and 1,000 military personnel already sent to the region.

France's Macron inspected the damage to St. Barts on Wednesday after spending the night sleeping on a camp cot in neighboring St. Martin, which was hit particularly hard.

Lauren Boquette, a 48-year-old restaurant manager on St. John, said his family had barricaded themselves in the bathroom of their home.

The death toll in the British territories had climbed to nine, Duncan said, comprising five in the British Virgin Islands and four in Anguilla. For many, that included tearful good-byes as they leave behind children with friends or family on the US mainland, where they can go to school while their parents return to jobs on the islands and try to rebuild their lives.

This photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows a human chain of residents passing supplies provided by a dutch soldier, after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Dutch Caribbean St. Maarten, on September 8, 2017. It is like the destruction you see in images from the first world war.

"We've deployed nearly 700 troops to the region".

SHAPIRO: Governor Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands, thank you for talking with us, and good luck rebuilding.

The UK's £13bn aid budget can not be spent helping its overseas territories recover from Hurricane Irma, the Government has said. "We have not received any food or water".

"We've got a lot of work to do, but everybody's going to come together", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.

The French government sent an additional 410 gendarmes and 80 police officers to keep order in its Caribbean territories, where troops are routinely stationed. The EAC official, who is based in Trinidad and Tobago, added that the Category 5 hurricane also razed a dozen churches on St. Martin, Christianity Today relayed.

A state of emergency remains in place for British Virgin Islands.

Elsewhere in the country, Irma struck the archipelago north of Cuba's Camaguey and Ciego de Avila provinces with gusts so strong they destroyed an instrument used to measure wind, Cuba's meteorological agency reported.

Irma tore up ground, sprayed debris and generally left the ground covered in detritus.

Cuba's agricultural industry has suffered significant losses, with state media reporting severe damage to livestock, fields, factories and warehouses.

Shelter also is a growing concern for many residents. The estimate includes damages to homes, vehicles and businesses - including operating losses - which are covered by the natural disaster compensation scheme, CCR said Saturday.

NASA Satellite Images Show How Hurricane Irma Devastated the Caribbean