Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the Caribbean and the southeast USA, hit the U.S. & U.K. Virgin Islands before heading to Puerto Rico on Sep.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday approved a major disaster declaration for Florida and ordered federal aid to help the state struck by Hurricane Irma.
Approximately 120 Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 940th Military Police Company are scheduled to depart Monday for the U.S. Virgin Islands where they will assist with support to civil authorities in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
This photo shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Virgin Gorda’s Leverick Bay in the British Virgin Islands. At least 28 people died at Hurricane Irma barrelled through the island, destroying property and infrastructure.
Necker is among the 50 British Virgin Islands (BVI).
Despite sending reinforcements and ships to deliver help, France, Britain and the Netherlands have been criticized for not doing enough for the islands that they oversee.
Waves crash against the lighthouse after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, Cuba, September 10, 2017.
“I don’t want to panic anyone but it’s really important people are aware of the situation there”, Sam said. The US estimates that 2 000 to 3 000 US citizens still need to leave the affected areas. “We will come forward with plans to restore these islands, get them back on their feet”. The remaining personnel comprised of Airlift Control Flight, Logistics Readiness and Security Forces, arrived today at St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands where they will assist in recovery operations.
Branson called on the United Kingdom government to employ a Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan for the BVI and other territories that can ensure short-term aid and long-term infrastructure spending.
Branson said the British government had a “massive role to play” in rebuilding its territories, including the British Virgin Islands, an offshore financial center.
Following criticism that the United Kingdom has been slow to help nationals trapped in the aftermath, he said there had been an “unprecedented” relief effort from the Government.
The news comes after British Virgin Islanders said they were “terrified” of the prisoners, who escaped because of the damage caused by Irma.
“The weather channels didn’t even include us”, Laurel Brannick, a park ranger on St. John Island told the Miami-Hearld.