Over 100 Prison Inmates Escape Because Of Hurricane Irma

Over 100 Prison Inmates Escape Because Of Hurricane Irma

Over 100 Prison Inmates Escape Because Of Hurricane Irma

Over 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British junior minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine.

Facts and figures on the United Kingdom government's relief work in the Caribbean and the British Overseas Territories in response to Hurricane Irma.

Ms Jackson said there had been reports of people in the streets carrying machetes and looters taking over one family's hotel room.

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".

DFID is also working with agencies across the affected region to plan how to rebuild and reconstruct damaged areas.

A former UK EU representative for the government of Anguilla, Dorothea Hodge, told The Guardian that "It's absolutely disgraceful that it has taken the whole day for Priti Patel [Development Secretary] to respond to the worst hurricane we have seen in a British territory since the 1920s".

Hurricane Irma roared through the 40 small islands of the British Virgin Islands late on Wednesday, causing major damage to the largest and most populated island of Tortola.

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A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace told CNN it was "aware of the incident" but wouldn't comment on security matters. Last week, the school said new pupils were starting on half-days and building up to staying for lunch.

Branson, who lives in the British Virgin Islands, which were devastated by Irma, rode out the storm in his wine cellar.

During his short visit to Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, Mr Johnson will meet governors and other officials leading the recovery work, and will see some of the most hard-hit places.

It was "a slap in the face" to look across the waters to "our French brothers and sisters" where the response from President Macron had been very different, she said.

"The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped".

Hurricane Irma was the most powerful storm on record to ever hit the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged", he wrote on his blog.

Meanwhile, thousands of stranded holidaymakers in Florida - also badly hit - are due to start arriving in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

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