Richard Branson Shows the Utter Destruction Hurricane Irma Left Behind

Katrina Barker
September 14, 2017

Some 500 United Kingdom troops have been sent to Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and British Virgin Islands (BVI), amid reports of looting in some areas.

He is 55-year old Derek Ragnath, formerly of Mahaica Public Road near the police station.

These natural-color images, captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite, show some of Irma's effect on the USA and British Virgin Islands.

Ragnath's family members were not with him when disaster struck.

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

While the health and wellbeing of those on Necker is without question the most important thing, Branson has updated followers and friends on social media to let them know that the deadly hurricane utterly destroyed his private tropical paradise.

He told MPs: "The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped".

The U.K. government received criticism for its response to Hurricane Irma, with some U.K. citizens on islands saying they felt abandoned.

The destruction Hurricane Irma caused on Caribbean islands has been properly shown in pictures published by NASA.

"It is a traumatic time here in the British Virgin Islands", Branson wrote in a blog post published on Friday.

Branson described the damage to his luxury resort as "huge", while sharing images of fallen palm trees, exposed buildings and destroyed furniture.

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

The Lords EU Committee is urging the government to consider contributing to the EU budget to help British overseas territories rebuild after Hurricane Irma.

With £32 million already committed to help the affected overseas territories, and the pledge to match donations to the Red Cross appeal, Mr Johnson also said the Prime Minister will be making a further announcement on Wednesday.

British Virgin Islands: At least five people have died.

He added that while the death toll was low for a storm of this magnitude, the infrastructure on the island of Barbuda "no longer exists".

Brushing aside critics, the Foreign Secretary said there had been an "unprecedented" relief effort from the United Kingdom and that he had "no doubt" Britain would meet the challenges ahead.

French President Emmanuel Macron is also visiting the region, and his trip to St Martin is expected to coincide with the arrival of a military ship carrying supplies. Some islanders said they had been told that they could expect to be without electricity for months.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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