Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

United Kingdom has 'duty' to Hurricane Irma-hit islands

United Kingdom has 'duty' to Hurricane Irma-hit islands

The U.K. government defended its response to Hurricane Irma yesterday, amid claims it has been slow to help British overseas territories devastated by the storm.

Sir Alan said: "Over 500,000 British nationals, either residents or tourists, have been in the path of Hurricane Irma, which has caused devastation across an area spanning well over 1,000 miles".

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

Sir Alan told the Commons that 997 members of the armed forces had been dispatched, along with 47 police officers.

Secretary of state for global development Priti Patel said: "The overwhelming generosity of the United Kingdom public in times of crisis is one of the things that makes Britain truly great". These are British people, these are British overseas territories and we will be there for the long term. Royal Marines were sent to "protect the Governor and everything else about law and order".

The volatile situation sparked by Hurricane Irma has led to a mass jailbreak in Tortola, one of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where more than 100 "very serious prisoners" are now at large, the UK Minister for Europe and the Americas has said.

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'Mounts Bay was not there by chance, ' he said. She's already been helping on the islands, and as soon as we were clear which airfields could be used we got our flights in.

Branson has since remained in the Caribbean and has deployed his private yacht Necker Belle to carry supplies from Barbados to the worst-hit islands across the Caribbean.

Following a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee on Saturday, Sir Michael said: "The relief operation is now well under way".

'We will come through with a recovery plan for those islands and make sure they get back on their feet again'.

"The region needs a "Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan" for the BVI and other territories that will aid in recovery, sustainable reconstruction and long-term revitalisation of the local economy", Branson wrote on his blog, referencing the Marshall Plan that was enacted to help European nations recover after World War II.

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