Britain increases aid for storm-hit Caribbean islands

Cuba's decrepit buildings no match for Hurricane Irma

Cuba's decrepit buildings no match for Hurricane Irma

"You can not but be affected by the scale of the devastation the people of Anguilla have endured".

Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory southeast of the Bahamas, also endured widespread power outages and severe infrastructural damage from strong winds and floodwaters.

Speaking to the Press Association news agency en route to the Caribbean, Johnson said: "What they're seeing is an unprecedented United Kingdom response, but I want to stress it is not just for the short-term, we are going to be there for the long term as well". The authorities had previously reported one person killed in Anguilla. Many island residents have been left without food and clean water as they struggle to rebuild. She also said that the leaves could have been dried out by salt that was whipped onto the island when the storm hit.

"The plans they are putting in place now a week after the hurricane should have already been in place".

The chief minister of Anguilla, Victor Banks, told the Press Association that the bill to fix his island's infrastructure alone could reach £1 billion. "It's turning really nasty", she told the Press Association news agency. That means our airport, our ports and our road infrastructure. these things need critical attention.

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

Hundreds of United Kingdom troops and 50 police officers have been sent to the British Virgin Islands, where around 100 "very serious" prisoners escaped from jail after the hurricane.

"There were about 700 troops in the region that has now gone up to 1,000".

Branson shared images and video of the devastation on social media as the storm ripped through the island.

A senior British Virgin Islands government official called on the expertise of the Serve On volunteer team but the group was initially hampered from reaching the disaster zone after Hurricane Jose threatened to follow Hurricane Irma's path.

The ship is also taking pick-up trucks donated by the Gibraltar government, the Royal Navy said.

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