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Irma Destroyed 90% of Homes on Tiny Caribbean Island
Local Editor

Following a helicopter trip to the Caribbean island, Antigua and Barbuda PM told media that houses and infrastructure on Barbuda have been "totally demolished". The island of 1,600 residents went radio silent for over twelve hours, causing wild speculations over their fate.

Hurricane center

Conflicting reports emerged in the vacuum of information and the absence of direct communication with the island. Some claimed that 1,000 people had died but this was quickly debunked, with calls for people to wait for official confirmation before retweeting carelessly and generating unnecessary panic and dismay.

The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has confirmed one fatality after making a roundtrip to the island on a helicopter.

"There has been a fatality. An infant died as a result of their mother trying to escape a damaged property. We are not too sure of the cause of death," Browne told local ABS news in an interview.

Browne said the scenes he witnessed on the island were "heart-wrenching."

"If I was a crying man, I would have cried," Browne told ABS. "[It was] one of the worst feelings I have ever felt in my entire life... Absolute devastation, this is no hyperbole."

Browne waited out the storm on a neighboring island at the request of his staff before flying in via helicopter to assess the damage first hand.

"Even though they had a backup ham [radio] system and a satellite phone, they were destroyed. They had absolutely no way to communicate with us," he said.

While the PM was on the ground, meeting with survivors, a second aircraft conducted a preliminary assessment of the damage inflicted.

"The entire housing stock was damaged. The cost to repair the infrastructure will be no less than $150 million," Browne said.

"Barbuda is literally rubble," he added. "This rebuilding initiative will take years."

The official praised the level of preparation ahead of the hurricane which he claimed was directly responsible for the near total lack of fatalities in spite of the widespread devastation which he estimates has left roughly 60 percent of the population homeless.

Browne promised to do "whatever it takes to accommodate the Barbudan people," suggesting renting private property and the old airport terminal building to house those displaced by the destructive hurricane.

He also confirmed that, as of Wednesday evening, there was no mandatory evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Jose but added that people should use common sense and find shelter or evacuate as they see fit.

According to 2011 Census data cited by ABC the island's population is approximately 1,600 people, though Browne estimates the number at closer to 1,800.

irma | caribbean | barbuda

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

07-09-2017 | 11:46


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