Caribbean relief funding increased after response to hurricane criticised

Videos Show Extreme Devastation on Caribbean Island of Tortola After Hurricane Irma

Videos Show Extreme Devastation on Caribbean Island of Tortola After Hurricane Irma

Businessman Branson, who has lived in the British Virgin Islands for the past 11 years, said in a blog post on www.virgin.com that the region needed a "Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan" to rebuild and revitalize its economy - a reference to the multibillion-dollar USA program that helped rebuild Western Europe after the devastation of World War Two.

"I feel like the hurricane itself was like being in a nightmare and it was just disgusting because the outcome wasn't actually as bad as on other islands, so I don't even want to imagine what the other people felt", Ms Fyffe told Sky News at Gatwick Airport.

"That's going to be short-term work - what we need to think about now is how as the United Kingdom we can underline our commitment to these overseas territories to get them back on their feet for the long term".

Similarly, there has been damage caused across the 50 British Virgin Islands, and five people are known to have died.

In Anguilla, Turks and Caicos and BVI, there is a military presence amid reports of looting in some areas.

'Mounts Bay was not there by chance, ' he said.

We have troops helping at the moment'.

The UK Government itemised the assistance rendered to its territories.

Britain's rescue effort in the fallout from Hurricane Irma has been criticised as "absolutely pathetic", with claims that other countries acted much more quickly and effectively in bringing disaster relief to the region.

"He made sure to position his military in advance of the storm, so that they were prepared".

British billionaire Richard Branson called for a new "Marshall Plan" to help the Caribbean islands recover from the destruction of Hurricane Irma. Branson posted photos on Twitter and Instagram showing the damage done on his island and wrote in a blog that climate change should be taken more seriously by governments.

Branson said the British government had a "massive role to play" in rebuilding its territories, including the British Virgin Islands, an offshore financial center.

"We felt the full force of the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean".

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, after it had wreaked havoc along Florida's west coast.

She said it was "alarming" that nearly a week had passed since the hurricane and Sir Alan was "still talking about the potential evacuation of British citizens".

Most of the state is without power, curtailing travel in and out.

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