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UK Foreign Secretary to visit Irma-battered Caribbean islands

16 Setiembre 2017, 02:48 | Cornelio Vivanco

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One of the U.S Virgin Island's most popular beaches has been ravaged by Irma and homes and restaurants destroyed.

Damaged buildings and trees in St. John on September 12. I understand the hospital's not working. "I can't stay here". "And we don't know what to do", she wrote.

"Our Caribbean neighbors need support so we've been mobilizing our industry to not only take in travelers who have had their vacations disrupted to serve as a transient hub for them, but also help with relief efforts being conducted by local and USA authorities".

- A Twin Cities woman who survived Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands is now back in Minnesota. "Things move very quickly, like, 'There's a plane landing at 2pm, it has four empty seats.' We try to get documents so people can evacuate".

That won't be easy for a while.

While the house Kaffenbarger was in escaped pretty much unscathed, the same can't be said of her place of employment, the St. Thomas Yacht Club just down the hill. And people are just coming in because they don't have anything else.

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar in Rio Grande, has welcomed approximately 300 guests from St. Thomas. She said she left the British territory because basic supplies were running low. That's when she hiked herself into her bedroom, away from the windows. "I couldn't sleep. I'm scared of hurricanes, and this is the worst I have been through", she said.

NAKEBA STEWART: Right now I know a lot of people complain about - they don't have tarps because a lot of people don't have roofs anymore. "Come in and ask how we're feeling".

There were 420,000 British citizens in Florida either as residents or visitors, where Hurricane Irma also caused devastation.

"This is a attractive town but now it is a disaster", said local resident Sandro Sanchez, 27, walking through the main square after the hurricane had passed Remedios, in Villa Clara.

Florida, which was anticipating another record year for its $100 billion a year tourism industry, is expected to rebound in time for the peak winter travel months, Moody's Analytics said earlier this week. "We're managing the expectations". "If their economy is affected in some way, and they themselves are concerned about their own level of disposable income, naturally that's going to have an effect on their ability to take a vacation". Today I'm doubling up the police presence on the island of St. John.

However, he called on USA and United Kingdom governments to step up their support. It's still very hard to navigate because of downed power lines and debris. The airport on the island of St. Croix is already operating, with JetBlue and American Airlines resuming services on Tuesday.

-With ports mended and weather cleared, officials sent in more aid and arranged stepped-up evacuations Monday in remote Caribbean islands devastated and cut off by hurricane Irma. Where is the financial donations from the airlines including AA, BA and Jet Blue in all this?: Where are the donations from the beneficiaries of the Citizenship by Investment programs and where are the donations from those who get mega contracts from these governments, including the many PR and Advertising agencies; law firms and lobbyists?

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