Shattered Caribbean picks up the pieces after Irma

Shattered Caribbean picks up the pieces after Irma

Most of the island of St. Martin is either severely damaged or destroyed.

Writing in the Guardian, Rupert Jones called the aid offered "derisory" and said the £32m (Dh156m) allocated by the government for British overseas territories - of which £28m has already been spent - was "a drop in the Caribbean Sea".

The devastation of Hurricane Irma has highlighted racial tensions on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, according to some residents, who claim white tourists were given priority during evacuation. "That's the problem, everyone has their own problems at the moment", Cluff said.

The humanitarian organization said 90 percent of buildings on the Dutch territory were damaged and a third destroyed as Irma roared across the island it shares with French St Martin.

The consulate said it was working with the US and other governments to try to figure out how to get the Americans off the island either by air or boat.

Irma walloped Cuba's northern coast on Saturday as a Category 5 storm and was expected to hit Florida on Sunday morning, threatening massive damage from wind and flooding to the fourth-largest US state by population.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a media briefing that the "situation is serious" and that more armed forces have been deployed to restore order.

Late Saturday, St. Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin said about 1,600 tourists had been evacuated and efforts are being made to move 1,200 more.

Macron said that water and electricity would be back soon in France's Caribbean territories, and that he hoped schools would be reopened next week. France's public insurance agency estimated that the cost of property damage in St. Martin and St. Barts totaled more than $1.44 billion. "We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core", he elaborated. Federal officials deployed C-130s to evacuate hundreds of USA citizens from the island to Puerto Rico.

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Briton Claudia Knight said her partner is carrying a knife for protection on the island of Tortola as "it's turning really nasty", The Guardian reported.

"I've seen proper war as well as natural disasters before, but I've never seen anything like this", he told Dutch radio on Tuesday.

"I've come here today as a manifestation of this solidarity".

Residents on the island have spoken of hunger, homelessness, a lack of water and a feeling of abandonment after the hurricane pummeled the region on Wednesday.

"What we have seen today are people determined to rebuild and return to a normal life", Macron said Tuesday.

Reuters/Christophe Ena/Pool France's President Emmanuel Macron talks with a resident during his visit to St Martin yesterday.

A spokesman for his airline, Virgin Atlantic, told CNN that Virgin had "restarted flights to and from Antigua, and we're also taking essential aid on those flights for the island and wider BVI [British Virgin Islands] region".

The EU also announced an initial aid package of $2.4 million for emergency relief.

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