Hurricane Irma kills four in British Virgin Islands, say officials

Published on : Saturday, September 9, 2017

British Virgin IslandsHurricane Irma has left four people dead in the British Virgin Islands, as confirmed by officials.


The storm had raged through as many as 40 small islands of this region late on Wednesday triggering extensive damage to the biggest and most populated island of Tortola. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the deaths in a certain statement on Friday.


However, it has refused to provide any further details.


The British government has been working towards directing the relief efforts to the group of islands close to the US Virgin Islands.


As per the Caribbean disaster agency says that the Tortola airport is currently functional. But then, the tower has been ‘compromised’. At least 20 people are thought to have been killed in this part of the world as the storm ravaged the Caribbean Islands. In addition, three more people have died on the British island of Antigua, Barbuda and also the Dutch side of St. Maarten.


And, Irma has also left four dead in the US Virgin Islands and nine on the French side of St. Maarten and St. Barts.


Officials have said that they have been expecting that the death toll on this island is likely to increase after they are capable of commencing with the recovery operations.


The news arrives as the UK declared that it would be sending a large number of troops and the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean to Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands to help with the relief effort.


The storm has continued to damage the Caribbean archipelago.


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