US Virgin Islands getting aid, but still reeling from Irma

US Virgin Islands getting aid, but still reeling from Irma

"We are committed to helping Barbudans rebuild after the devastation caused by Irma, and this will be an important step forward", said Vanessa Slowey, CEO of Digicel, Caribbean and Central America. The full extent of damage has yet to be determined, but many people remain without power and dependent on military forces for food and water.

Patricia Thomas, a 34-year-old financial services manager in Westchester County, north of New York City, said she had been contacted by her two sisters and their five children on Tortola, who were being prevented from traveling to the US VI.

The American Red Cross said in a statement Tuesday that it's also been part of "a massive relief effort" on the islands and in Puerto Rico.

Caetano told the Globe on Tuesday that the US Marines, Coast Guard, and Army have all been deployed on St. John and that search and rescue operations are now underway.

Mapp praised the response of the US federal government and said President Donald Trump would visit in about a week.

Damage caused by Hurricane Irma to a structure in Marco Island
US Virgin Islands getting aid, but still reeling from Irma

Mapp said President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Islands within a week.

Right now, the Kentucky National Guard has more than 60 soldiers from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade serving in various roles in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida. I saw it myself and other hotels like that have been hit very hard, but we hope that they can come back ASAP.

"I've learned that numerous islanders are walking around neighborhoods smelling for cooking and pleading for the kindness of strangers", said Grapski. On Wednesday he will visit the British Virgin Islands before returning to the UK. Anyone who goes from the BVI to the US VI in these circumstances does not want to stay there.

"They have already raped someone and they have already tried to steal from people, it is terrifying".

"Additional Red Cross resources are in transit for those impacted by Hurricane Irma, and more Red Cross staff and volunteers are on their way".

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