The Latest on Anguilla After Irma

The latest reports on Anguilla are in following Hurricane Irma, a storm that rocked the island and caused one death.

According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the island’s airport runway and most roads leading to the airport have been cleared of debris.

The agency is also reporting that 90 percent of government buildings and business structures were damaged, as well as 90 percent of the island’s electricity infrastructure.

There has also been significant damage to Anguilla’s main water supply.

The British government has deployed three humanitarian aid experts from the UK to assist with needs assessments and coordination.

The British naval ship Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay has arrived in the territory, with 40 Royal Marines and Army engineers on board.

The ship carries a range of equipment to support humanitarian responses including vehicles, tents and facilities to purify water.hundreds of troops and the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean to its overseas islands.

There have not yet been full reports of the island’s hotel sector, although the Quintessence Hotel, which had been slated to open in November, suffered major damage during Irma and its opening has been delayed.

— Caribbean Journal staff

 

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