Prisoners escape from British Virgin Islands jail in wake of Hurricane Irma

Posted September 14, 2017

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

In a statement Archdeacon Franklyn Reid said: "The Anglican Church in the Diocese of the North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba stands in solidarity with the ongoing mitigating and relief efforts being extended to the people of Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barts, and Saba in this instance and others in the wider Caribbean".

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

SIR RICHARD Branson has revealed the extent of the devastation on his Caribbean island as Hurricane Irma continued to batter Florida with 100mph winds and torrential rain. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

Irma claimed the lives of 37 people on the Caribbean Islands and ten people in the US.

"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.

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On returning to the UK, British tourists Thanai Caesar and Rochelle Fyffe spoke of their fear, having been in Antigua when Irma struck.

DFID is also working with agencies across the affected region to plan how to rebuild and reconstruct damaged areas. The global airport also was scheduled to resume operations Sunday.

An unnamed minister told the BBC that strict worldwide rules governing the allocation of the £13 billion overseas aid pot meant British Overseas Territories were not eligible for the cash.

In addition to the military personnel, 47 British police officers have also arrived in the British Virgin Islands to assist local officers.

"I think a lot more should be done from us worldwide to help them out".

During his short visit to Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, Mr Johnson is meeting governors and other officials leading the recovery work, and will see some of the most hard-hit places.

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Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are among 14 British overseas territories in the Caribbean.

The billionaire has also challenged the whole world on the importance of an outpouring of solidarity with the islands most impacted: "Please send your donations to the british Red Cross".

"We pre-positioned a ship in the Caribbean for the hurricane season", he said.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, residents of the capital of Charlotte Amalie reported long lines for dwindling supplies of basics such as water, food and gasoline.

Mr Johnson said there are now 1,000 troops which have been deployed, with this figure set to increase to 1,250 in the coming days.

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