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US Virgin Islands struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma

12 September 2017

Conger, his wife and a group of his friends were vacationing in the British Virgin Islands as Irma grew in strength.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has pledged to be there "in the long term" for those British people whose Caribbean homes have been destroyed by the hurricane.

The Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean is on the way from the Mediterranean to help with reconstruction, and more than 50 British police officers have been sent to help keep order.

"I've been thinking a lot about my old neighborhood in St. Croix, where I recently took my kids", Duncan said.

Virgin Atlantic CEO Richard Branson, who lives on the British Virgin Islands' Necker Island, has called for a new Marshall Plan to help the region.

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The Nashville-based singer has a home on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John, which he said was completely destroyed.

"I never thought I'd have 200 mile-per-hour winds ripping through my home", Joe Conger said.

She said in the absence of any communication, people were wandering the streets with suitcases and children.

Hurricane Irma reportedly affected Sir Richard Branson's privately-owned island, Necker Island earlier this week.

The overhead comparison pictures show how the marina at Road Town on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands was left in ruins.

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"Just, 'Oh yeah, we went down there and did this and it's done.' Because the recovery process is not going to be done".

British Prime Minister Teresa May announced a £32 million relief fund to support the humanitarian effort and said the United Kingdom was the first country to arrive on the scene.

The billionaire businessman, who was pictured in front of torn-down buildings and uprooted trees, said he knew the people of the British Virgin Islands would "bounce back stronger than ever".

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, said he would visit the French overseas territory of St Martin on Tuesday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Government "should have acted much faster" as the dangers had been "well-known" before Irma made landfall, reports The Independent.

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US Virgin Islands struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma