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Hurricane Irma make seven dead after destroys entire Caribbean islands

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Hurricane Irma make  seven dead after destroys entire Caribbean islandsHurricane Irma make seven dead after destroys entire Caribbean islands

News24xx.com -  Aid workers have described the desperate efforts to evacuate Haiti and the Dominican Republic before Hurricane Irma strikes.

The storm has already wreaked havoc on the islands of Anguilla, Barbuda, St Martin and St Barts, where three people lost their lives.


Two people have died and two others have been seriously wounded on St Martin and St Barts, according to the French ministry for overseas territories.

At least one person had been killed in Barbuda, a spokeswoman for the National Office of Disaster Services for Antigua and Barbuda said.

The Foreign Office has urged Britons affected by the hurricane to follow evacuation orders after Irma sustained winds of 180mph for a longer period than any other Atlantic storm on record.

A British naval ship has been deployed to help deal with the aftermath of the storm with 40 Royal Marines on board, as well as army engineers and equipment.

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by the hurricane, and many of the islands hit are now without power, according to Lionel Hurst, who is the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda’s chief of staff.


Christian Aid is now helping to orchestrate the mass evacuation of Haiti and the Dominican Republic before Hurricane Irma strikes.


The category five storm is expected to hit the Dominican Republic late on Wednesday night before moving across Haiti on Thursday and towards the US coast.
Prospery Raymond, country manager for Christian Aid in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, said: ‘People are being moved to schools and churches for safety but in some areas, especially in the north west of Haiti, these buildings will not withstand the force of the storm.’


Ines Brill, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Haiti, urged people to get to the temporary shelters provided by the government.

She added: ‘We have been focusing on the north (of Haiti) but if the hurricane changes course that will be a big problem.’

Billionaire Virgin boss Richard Branson decided to remain on Necker, his private Caribbean island, and brave the storm with his staff.


Writing on his blog he described the atmosphere in the British Virgin Islands as ‘eerie but beautiful’ as they waited for Irma to hit.


He revealed that those left on the island would be camping out in the wine cellar of the great house.

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