100 inmates have escaped after prison was destroyed by Hurricane Irma

14 September, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • An AMO Air Enforcement Agent starts to rappel down into the British Virgin Islands to assist Irma victims

Meanwhile, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is on his way to the Caribbean to visit some of the devastated areas of after the United Kingdom was criticized for not involving in the humanitarian missions after the extreme phenomenon has swept everything in its way. At their request, we are taking all emergency calls for the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands on this number.

Sir Alan said Marines from RFA Mounts Bay were used to "protect the Governor and everything else about law and order" on Friday.

Six people have been killed in the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

Hurricane Irma was the most powerful storm on record to ever hit the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon yesterday hit back against repeated accusations that the British Government has been too slow to deliver aid to its overseas territories.

He said that more than 500,000 British nationals have been in the path of the hurricane and that 997 British military personnel are now in the Caribbean helping with the relief effort.

Mr Johnson is expected to visit these British territories in the coming days.

Additional UK government staff are on standby to provide assistance once the hurricane has passed.


Branson has since remained in the Caribbean and has deployed his private yacht Necker Belle to carry supplies from Barbados to the worst-hit islands across the Caribbean.

The all-terrain vehicles have been stowed on HMS Ocean which is due to sail to the Caribbean today.

"I think a lot more should be done from us worldwide to help them out".

"This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods". I am pleased to say that 48 hours later we have been able significantly to reinforce the Marines.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry attacked the Government's response to the disaster for being "too little and too late".

Mike Adamson, chief executive of British Red Cross, said: "Red Cross teams are on the ground now supporting people in shelters, providing first aid and doing whatever they can to help".

She also urged the Government to create a "long-term plan" for the overseas territories to address threats posed by climate change.

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