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Hurricane Irma damages North West Company's Caribbean businesses

14 September 2017

Days after Hurricane Irma destroyed parts of the Caribbean, residents throughout the island nations say they're in need of assistance amid reports of lack of food, shelter and in some cases violence.

Former San Antonio Spurs big man and proud U.S. Virgin Islands native Tim Duncan took to The Players' Tribune last Friday to seek help for the victims in his hometown, and has since drawn a huge response.

The satellite images released by NASA track Hurricane Irma from September 1 to September 10, as it moves over the Caribbean into the USA mainland.

"We're reaching out to communities, and wanting to get more linemen sent in to help restore the power distribution system".

Before and after Hurricane Irma as seen from above
This is the first time on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. Although the brunt of the storm has passed, further evacuations may take place as there is no power or running water in areas.

Speaking to Sky News' Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley on an aid flight to the region, alongside Royal Marines and medics, Mr Johnson said: "This has been long-planned ever since the hurricane broke".

His trip comes after the United Kingdom government was criticised for its perceived slow and inadequate response to help affected communities in its overseas territories. French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit St. Martin on Tuesday.

Mr Ian Smart told The Daily Telegraph that his son Jos with his girlfriend Julia Taylor were trapped on the same island, where "lawlessness is getting worse".

Critics have said the UK Government did not prepare adequately, was slow to respond once Irma hit and did less to evacuate its citizens than other nations.

America's falling poverty rate, in context
The bureau reported 40.6 million people in the United States are considered living in poverty, or 2.5 million fewer than in 2015. In 2017, the number and percentage of shared households remained higher than in 2007, the year before the most recent recession.

The British overseas territories, including Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands, have their own government, but they rely on the London Executive when it comes to assuring protection during natural disasters.

The army man added: "On top of that we are then working alongside DFID (Department of International Development) who are providing all the aid".

An arrow was added to point to the location of the British Virgin Islands on a map indicating the path of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irma as of September 11, 2017, 11 a.m. ET.

Barbuda and Antigua before and after Hurricane Irma.

Trump to visit Florida Thursday after Hurricane Irma
The state's department of transportation has inspected all of the Keys 42 bridges along US 1 and they are all safe for travel. After flying over the Keys on Monday, the governor described overturned mobile homes , washed-ashore boats and other damage.

At least 34 people were reported to have been killed in the region, including 10 in Cuba, whose northern coast was raked by the storm.

Hurricane Irma damages North West Company's Caribbean businesses