Hurricane Irma Destroyed Richard Branson's Necker Island Home

Marie Harrington
September 14, 2017

The presence of the troops has had "a massive psychological effect" on morale on the islands, said Mr Johnson, adding that more than 50 British police were on their way to the region.

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

The UK has committed £32m to helping overseas territories devastated by Irma.

"People are concerned, there is a general sense that [the British Virgin Islands] is British government territory and therefore the British will handle it", Khin-Sandi Lwin, who is leading the organization's response there, told The Guardian.

Branson said that he planned to work with various government and aid agencies to bring help to the islands affected by the storm, and would continue to personally help with the recovery effort on the ground. They include Anguilla, St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis. It moved on to Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Parts and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands before passing near Puerto Rico.

The French government has also faced criticism from political opponents and from islanders who say they feel abandoned amid the post-hurricane chaos.

He told the Press Association: "I am very pleased that since very early on, since Friday, we have had troops here and they helped to get things going".

On his arrival in Anguilla on Tuesday, which he will tour on Wednesday before travelling to the British Virgin Islands, Mr Johnson said it was "clear this place has been through an absolutely hellish experience".

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"There is a huge amount of damage to buildings, but fortunately everyone we have seen so far has been ok", he wrote.

This aid is additional to the £32m already announced by the United Kingdom government last week. She also said that the leaves could have been dried out by salt that was whipped onto the island when the storm hit.

The hurricane, which was later downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 2 storm, also hit Florida, where another 12 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.

President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Michael Bayley said the company was allocating four ships for humanitarian aid and already had carried out some evacuations.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson planned a trip to survey the Caribbean after family members of those stranded said their relatives were starving and alone. At least five people died in the British territories.

"We will be announcing further support later on in the course of the next few days", he said.

"But with the United Kingdom response to Irma drawing wide criticism, Theresa May is still to announce whether she or Boris Johnson will visit those most affected, look them in the eye and put their concerns at the centre of her Government's response plan".

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, who visited Dutch territories on Monday, spoke of his horror at what he found.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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