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70 percent of St. Maarten homes badly damaged by Irma

Macron visits hurricane-hit Caribbean 70 percent of St. Maarten homes badly damaged by Irma
Sammy Stanley | 13 September, 2017, 02:48

British and French governments have sent rescue and relief efforts to the islands devastated by Hurricane Irma.

A Rotterdam resident, James, who was returning from St. Martin related the devastating conditions: "And at sunset, at nightfall, the looting starts".

"They reacted far too late", said Kitty Algra, who was among the first group of 55 Dutch tourists evacuated on a military flight from St Martin to the nearby island of Curacao to await a flight home.

"Everywhere you can see destruction and horror", the king told Dutch television in the capital, Philipsburg.

"I've never experienced anything like this before and I've seen a lot of natural disasters in my life".

The Dutch army and the Red Cross are providing emergency assistance.

Macron's plane is bringing water, food and tons of medicines and emergency equipment.

French President Emmanuel Macron has scheduled a visit to the region, one day after about 400 people reportedly arrived in France and the Netherlands from Hurricane Irma-ravaged territories.

70 percent of St. Maarten homes badly damaged by Irma
70 percent of St. Maarten homes badly damaged by Irma

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Monday that local authorities would draw up evacuation lists for residents who want to leave Saint Martin.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson defended his Government's response to what he called an "unprecedented catastrophe" and promised to increase funding for the relief effort.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said military personnel had been doubled on the Dutch side of St. Martin, St Maarten. That leaves numerous 40,000 residents reliant on public shelters as they brace for Hurricane Jose.

English billionaire Richard Branson posted pictures of the devastation left behind on his private Caribbean island.

"The UK government will have a massive role to play in the recovery of its territories affected by Irma - both through short-term aid and long-term infrastructure spending", he wrote.

For the BBA Aviation subsidiary's FBO at Puerto Rico's Isla Grande Airport, the story was much brighter as the monster storm's path veered northward and spared the island from its most intense fury, causing little if any damage to the facility.

Among the dead were 10 killed in Cuba - the island's worst hurricane death toll since 2005, when 16 died in Hurricane Dennis.

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