Over 100 Prison Inmates Escape Because Of Hurricane Irma

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The island's representative said 997 British soldiers and almost 50 police officers were sent in the area of the detention center in order to ensure the people's protection.

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

The UK has helped to distribute water bottles to 700 of the most vulnerable households affected by Hurricane Irma on the British Virgin Islands.

With ports mended and weather cleared, officials have sent in more aid and arranged stepped-up evacuations in remote Caribbean islands devastated and cut off by Hurricane Irma.

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

"They are all safe however my dad told me that the situation on the island is dire and the government response nearly invisible", she told the BBC.

Sir Richard Branson, along with a number of his family members and staff, safely rode out Hurricane Irma while hunkered down inside a wine cellar deep inside the belly of Necker Island in the Caribbean.

"We had a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the British Virgin islands (BVI)", junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told parliament.

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

Recalcitrant Flamingos Sheltered Inside Florida Zoos As Irma Bears Down
In nearly all cases, a team of zoo employees will be right there alongside the animals, staying with them until the storm passes. It isn't just humans who will need to weather the storm when Hurricane Irma makes its expected landfall in Florida today .

The BBC reports that five people were killed when the storm ripped through the British Virgin Islands and the islands' premier, Orlando Smith, has appealed to the United Kingdom for long-term support recovering from the storm.

"The UK government will have a massive role to play in the recovery of its territories affected by Irma - both through short-term aid and long-term infrastructure spending", he wrote.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday more than a day after making Florida landfall.

He said he is now coordinating recovery efforts through government agencies, aid organizations and media to help the islands in the region.

NASA's images also show the impact on Barbuda, which was hit directly by the storm's eye wall, in contrast to the neighboring island of Antigua, which was spared from the full force of the storm. French President Emmanuel Macron planned to survey damage on the French-controlled portion of St. Martin; the other side of the island, St. Maarten, is controlled by the Netherlands.

"But I think what I have been amazed by so far, is not so much the impact of the storm, as the resilience and community spirit of those people - coming together to put their islands back on their feet and we are here to help", he added.

"But with the United Kingdom response to Irma drawing wide criticism, Theresa May is still to announce whether she or Boris Johnson will visit those most affected, look them in the eye and put their concerns at the centre of her Government's response plan".

Defending the UK's preparedness for the disaster, Mr Johnson said: "It doesn't make any sense when a hurricane is impending to send in heavy aircraft or to send in ships that are not going to be capable themselves of withstanding the storm".

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