Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

Nearly 90% of Barbuda destroyed, official says

Prime Minister Gaston Browne “was one of the first on the ground” after Irma hit Barbuda and that he saw “a lot of destruction, upwards of 90%,” according to Charles Fernandez, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, speaking to broadcaster ABS Television and Radio.

Fernandez also said Antigua will be the “jumping off point” for relief efforts in the area, including the British Virgin Islands.

Accounts of devastation start to come from Barbuda

As reporters and government officials gain entry to the island of Barbuda for the first time since Irma, residents are sharing stories of terror and heroism.

“Me and my family of seven, including an infant, had to shelter in a closet before the hurricane force winds began,” one woman told ABS TV Radio in Antigua. “The roof had already been ripped off and we had to look for shelter.”


They huddled together until rescuers reached them and brought them to a shelter, she said.

“My main concern now is, how were going to survive after this?”


September 6th, 2017

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