Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Boris Johnson welcomes extra funding to help Irma relief operations

Brave Scots parents LAID on top of their kids to protect them from Hurricane Irma as it tore through their British Virgin Islands home Hurricane Irma lashes Cuba; Jose poses threat elsewhere
Lillian Steele | 14 September, 2017, 01:22

Johnson will visit the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, both United Kingdom overseas territories which were badly damaged by the storm that made landfall in the region on September 6, reports BBC.

The United Kingdom has stepped up to assist its Overseas Territories affected by Hurricane Irma.

Ragnath's family members were not with him when disaster struck. Though there are few cloud-free satellite images of the area so far, a NASA satellite captured natural images of the US and British Virgin Islands before and after the storm. "The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped".

May - facing criticism of the British response - insisted that her government's reaction had been "speedy".

"Hurricane Irma really is storm of the century - but urge all in path of Hurricane #Jose to prepare & stay safe too", he captioned one image of dozens of boats piled up in the harbor, blown about by the high 180 miles per hour winds.

Virgin boss Richard Branson has revealed the extent of damage to his private island in the Caribbean as he called for urgent government help for those in the Caribbean in desperate need after Hurricane Irma. The Netherlands and France both sent troops and medics to help with rescue efforts.

"So on Friday we put some Marines off RFA Mounts Bay to protect the governor and maintain law and order. But we are very fortunate to have a strong cellar built into Necker's Great House", he wrote in a blog post from nearby Puerto Rico.

"But hundreds of dedicated British public servants are doing their utmost to help and they will not relent in their efforts".

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

Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island also suffered in the hurricane.

French President Emmanuel Macron is also visiting the region, and his trip to St Martin is expected to coincide with the arrival of a military ship carrying supplies.

Five died on the British Virgin Islands and four more on neighbouring Anguilla.

After chairing a Cobra meeting on Hurricane Irma on Monday 11 September, Johnson said that those affected by the hurricane remain "utmost in our thoughts and we are continuing to sending more police".

Mr Johnson has said "further support" for British overseas territories hit by Irma would be announced within days.

Shadow global development secretary Kate Osamor said: "Boris Johnson was clear on Sunday that this is a national disaster being treated as though in Inverness, Dover or St Ives".

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