United Kingdom steps up to help Overseas Territories ravaged by Hurricane Irma

United Kingdom steps up to help Overseas Territories ravaged by Hurricane Irma

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is flying to British territories in the Caribbean on Tuesday following intense criticism of London's efforts to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Branson and his family survived the hurricane on his private island, Necker Island, located in the British Virgin Islands.

Between 100 and 120 inmates escaped the prison, reported Sky News.

The U.S. Virgin Islands were pummeled by Hurricane Irma - and while the federal response has been "awesome", more assistance is needed, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told CNBC on Wednesday.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon yesterday hit back against repeated accusations that the British Government has been too slow to deliver aid to its overseas territories.

Nearly 500 British troops have been deployed to Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma as Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says the "relief operation is well under way".

He also called on USA and United Kingdom governments to step up their support in assisting with additional aid for victims of the hurricane across the Caribbean.

Army soldiers have deployed from RFA Mounts Bay to the British Virgin Islands, while an A400 flight brought a further 50 marines.

The all-terrain vehicles have been stowed on HMS Ocean which is due to sail to the Caribbean today.

The UK has committed £32m to helping overseas territories devastated by Irma.

"We're getting help. We need more help", Mapp said an interview with "Power Lunch".

"But hundreds of dedicated British public servants are doing their utmost to help and they will not relent in their efforts".

"But British Virgin Islands Hurricane #Irma story is not about Necker - it is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods". I am pleased to say that 48 hours later we have been able significantly to reinforce the Marines.

She said it was "alarming" that nearly a week had passed since the hurricane and Sir Alan was "still talking about the potential evacuation of British citizens".

Almost 40 of them are considered extremely risky, with fears that security on the island devastated by Hurricane Irma is extremely vulnerable, writes The Telegraph.

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