Hurricane Irma packs high winds and life-threatening storm surges

Havana Sep 14 The fury of Hurricane Irma caused damage to 211 cultural institutions in Cuba said today the Ministry of Culture

"This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods".

The hurricane passed over the British territories of Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday night, and the United Kingdom islands of Turks and Caicos on Thursday evening. "And we don't know what to do", she wrote.

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.

Alex Martinez, a 31-year-old American trapped on the Dutch part of St. Martin by Irma, said looters tried to raid his near-deserted hotel before he and others chased them off.

The volatile situation sparked by Hurricane Irma has led to a mass jailbreak in Tortola, one of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where more than 100 "very serious prisoners" are now at large, the UK Minister for Europe and the Americas has said. Picture taken September 10, 2017. They have provided medical supplies and aid including 2.2 tonnes of United Kingdom aid shelter kits providing shelter for nearly 1,000 people, rations and clean water.

Sir Alan said: "Over 500,000 British nationals, either residents or tourists, have been in the path of Hurricane Irma, which has caused devastation across an area spanning well over 1,000 miles".

Businessman Richard Branson, who has lived in the British Virgin Islands for the past 11 years, has called for a "Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan" for the region. "We have troops helping at the moment". He said he is now coordinating recovery efforts through government agencies, aid organizations and media to help the islands in the region.

The team were stranded in Barbados overnight on Friday - but were able to help the British Virgin Islands' governor's permanent secretary David Archer to return to the islands' main island, Tortola.

"With the security situation deteriorating in numerous affected islands all British citizens should be considered vulnerable".

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

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