Irma: International efforts in the Caribbean

Hurricane Irma Saint Martin

People on the islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barts on Sunday contemplated the task of rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Irma destroyed homes and roads and knocked out power and water.

French President Emmanuel Macron came under criticism for his government's handling of the crisis.

The Netherlands' King Willem Alexander is expected to visit the affected region on Sunday. The couple, Michael Moriarty and Meryl Zavitz, told Moriarty's sister, Monique Balmforth, that Dutch officials cleared the nearby runway, but because the island is without power, pilots are only able to evacuate tourists until dusk.

US officials haven't been able to reach St. Martin, where a reported 70 percent of homes were destroyed, and instead are relying on the Dutch and French government to aid the USA citizens trapped there. Over 90 percent of buildings on the Dutch side of the island were damaged, and 1/3 of the buildings were destroyed, the agency said, adding they would use drones to better assess the damage.

British junior foreign minister Alan Duncan said 100 prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during the hurricane. That is Cuba's worst hurricane death toll since 16 died in Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

Islanders have complained of a breakdown in law and order and widespread shortages of food, water and electricity.

Meanwhile in the United States police have taken to shaming looters they captured, taking a picture of them as they sit in a cell. "Only social media and solidarity worked", said a mother picking up her daughter at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport.

So he used his own money to charter boats to ferry people to safety.

"We continue to work flat out to help the people who have suffered so much in the Caribbean, particularly of course in our overseas territories, in Anguilla, in the Turks and Caicos, and above all in the British Virgin Islands where there's been massive devastation", said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

A medical center was being set up Tuesday in the stadium of Marigot, a port on St. Martin, and a French military ship will provide additional medical facilities in coming days, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.

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.

"Everyone's turned feral and no one's going out without being armed".

"Leo carries a knife with him".

"It's selective. Excuse me, but we saw only mainlanders", Soudiagom told Guadeloupe 1ere television. "I've seen a lot of war zones in my life, but I've never seen anything like this", Willem-Alexander told Dutch national network NOS.

In France, opposition figures have accused Macron's fledgling government of bungling the response to the disaster. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon and conservative politician Eric Ciotti called Sunday for a parliamentary inquiry into the government's handling of Irma, Macron's first major challenge.

But Anguilla's former attorney general, Rupert Jones, criticized Britain's response to the disaster.

"They reacted far too late".

Authorities in St. Martin have set up some 1,500 emergency shelters, doctors have treated around 100 people at a makeshift triage area and almost 250 people have been evacuated, including seven facing medical emergencies, officials in Guadeloupe said.



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