Spared from Jose, struggles continue for Virgin Islands

Necker island

Necker island

Note how some of the vegetation on the south and west of the island is a bit greener, likely because it was partly shielded from winds by the hills in the center. A lot of people don't think of the Virgin Islands as someone's home, but as more of a getaway - it was only when I got older that I figured that out.

"Our community is very tight knit and very generous especially at times like this", says Ms. Wine.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the British government "should have acted much faster", and those with relatives in hurricane-hit areas have said they have not been supported.

Five people are understood to have died in the BVI so far, but the known death toll is expected to rise as personnel reach areas isolated by flooding and debris.

Up to 90 per cent of Barbuda has been destroyed, with the damage leaving the island "barely habitable".

The eye of Irma passed over Barbuda, a tiny Caribbean island of about 1,800 people, on Wednesday, destroying telecommunication systems and cell towers. Residents say the territory's infrastructure has been decimated by Hurricane Irma. French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit St. Martin on Tuesday.

"All of the team who stayed on Necker and Moskito during the hurricane are safe and well", Branson said in a blog post Thursday, which he explained was transcribed with a satellite phone after the storm brought down all lines of communication.

"In Barbuda, where they evacuated everybody, now they have to figure out where to start, how to construct basic need services, how to figure out what to do with families that lost their homes", said Jan Gelfland of the International Federation of the Red Cross.

"The morning after Irma hit, Mounts Bay delivered six tonnes of shelter and cleared the runway to allow relief flights to land", he said.

They are classified as British Overseas Territories, inhabited by British Overseas Territories Citizens who have full United Kingdom and European Union citizenship.

"Apart from the structural damage, there have sadly been reports of casualties and fatalities", he added. The Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean is on the way from the Mediterranean to help with reconstruction, and more than 50 British police officers have been being sent to help keep order.

"We've provided £32 million in immediate assistance to the overseas territories". Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power on Friday.

Neighbouring Moskito Island - also called Prickly Pear Island - is also owned by the Virgin Group Chairman. The Turks and Caicos' capital island of Grand Turk suffered "quite a bit of damage", including to part of a hospital's roof, Gov. John Freeman told CNN on Friday.

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