Hurricane Irma: Boris Johnson to fly to battered Caribbean


The Foreign Secretary also announced that the British military presence is "really ratcheting up" in the Caribbean, as more troops being sent to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irma.

"I appreciate there probably weren't many Britons on the island", she said.

Dorothea Hodge, who was the UK/EU representative for the island's government between 2010 and 2015, said many islanders were still without power, including her 91-year-old uncle.

The hurricane passed over the British territories of Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday night, and the United Kingdom islands of Turks and Caicos on Thursday evening.

"We will be working with our overseas territories to ensure we are able to see those countries actually brought to life once again, and people able to have an economy and a good life there".

Nine people were killed in the British territories in the hurricane out of a total of at least 50 dead in the region.

Around 100 "very serious" prisoners have escaped from jail on the British Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, a minister has said.

The Royal Navy's fleet flagship has set sail for the Caribbean loaded with long-term emergency supplies for British territories devastated by the storm.

It was "a slap in the face" to look across the waters to "our French brothers and sisters" where the response from President Macron had been very different, she said.

"In my home at night, we are locked in like a bunker", said Conn Davis, a British Virgin Islands resident, told NBC News.

"I think they are unjustified", he added.

In some islands, including Barbuda, 90 percent of buildings were reported to be destroyed or damaged, according to Business Insider.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has travelled to the region to see the impact of the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, and said the extra money was needed "massively".

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, after it had wreaked havoc along Florida's west coast.