More aid on way for Irma-battered islands; death toll grows

Damage is seen here after Hurricane Irma slammed the Caribbean island of Barbuda

Photographs taken by the space agency's Operational Land Imager on the 25 August, before Irma hit, and 10 September (four days after she passed over the British Virgin Islands) show how the storm has transformed the landscape.

"We could see wind and trees".

One woman, who did not want to be named, told the Press Association she "did not feel safe" after the hurricane.

"These people are American citizens, and they need our help!"

So far there have been no reports of deaths in Cuba.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo went to the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier Friday and after viewing the wreckage, he's deployed members of the National Guard and State Police to help the territory, which has, like many Caribbean islands, close ties to the Empire State. Many had left town before the storm hit and all foreigners were urged to evacuate. Flooding continued Sunday afternoon along the malecón, spreading into adjacent streets with waist-level water in some areas.

Parr and his 15-year-old son, Dalton, got in the auto and crossed the valley as Irma clobbered the island.

Food shortages and looting on Caribbean islands hammered by Hurricane Irma sparked growing criticism of the government response, prompting British billionaire Richard Branson to call for a "Marshall plan" to help the region recover.

The president noted that due to the sheer size of the tropical storm, "practically no territory was spared its effects", adding that "homes, electrical systems and the agricultural sector" have all been affected, including tourist areas. Many residents there have been evacuated ahead of Jose.

Damage is seen here after Hurricane Irma slammed the Caribbean island of Barbuda
Damage is seen here after Hurricane Irma slammed the Caribbean island of Barbuda

Still, Rabinowitz, along with friends Chrystie Payne and Kacie Marano, was concerned that the islands' hard recovery from the storm might be overshadowed by relief efforts stateside.

The damage from Irma comes just a few months before the beginning of the winter tourism season, which previous year pumped $56 billion into the regional economy and provided 725,000 jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, an worldwide industry group.

Branson said the British government had a "massive role to play" in rebuilding its territories, including the British Virgin Islands, an offshore financial center.

Branson, who lives in the British Virgin Islands, which were devastated by Irma, rode out the storm in his wine cellar.

That awareness was further heightened as Irma's Caribbean rampage affected a number of global celebrities-like British billionaire Richard Branson, whose private luxury islet in the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island, was walloped as he vacationed there. The Democratic governor said NY stands ready to do more to assist the Virgin Islands "in any way we can".

We are grateful for the sympathy of many people who are friends of Cuba, the help that is coming to us from some countries and above all we are grateful to have so many friends, like you, who care about us.

He told CNN the island "is like a shell" with widespread destruction.

Sam made his way to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday before sharing that he was heading back to the British Virgin Islands to help in the relief efforts.

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