Hurricane Irma: UK police officers and troops to be deployed to Caribbean

Sir Richard Branson and his team rode out Hurricane Irma on Necker Isand

The committee has warned that numerous UK's overseas territories such as Aguilla and the British Virgin Islands are now in need of funds due to the destruction caused by storm.

He is 55-year old Derek Ragnath, formerly of Mahaica Public Road near the police station.

The businessman made a decision to stay put on Necker Island as Hurricane Irma thundered through the Caribbean rather than evacuate to a safer area.

"But British Virgin Islands Hurricane #Irma story is not about Necker - it is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods". The destruction is also clearly visible on Barbuda-an eastern Caribbean island that was directly hit by the storm's powerful eye. They include Anguilla, St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis.

More than 100 "very serious prisoners" have escaped from jail on the British Virgin Islands.

The billionaire founder of Virgin Group took shelter with his family in a wine cellar in Puerto Rico to ride out the storm, and he took to social media afterward to show the extensive damage sustained by the massive storm all over the Caribbean, including his privately owned Necker Island. "We have troops helping at the moment".

"In my home at night, we are locked in like a bunker", said Conn Davis, a British Virgin Islands resident, told NBC News.

"There is a huge amount of damage to buildings, but fortunately everyone we have seen so far has been ok", he wrote.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is flying to British territories in the Caribbean on Tuesday following intense criticism of London's efforts to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irma.

The BBC reports that five people were killed when the storm ripped through the British Virgin Islands and the islands' premier, Orlando Smith, has appealed to the United Kingdom for long-term support recovering from the storm.

Within 24 hours of the hurricane causing such devastation, the Prime Minister announced £32 million to help those affected.

He said: "Other countries actually now been asking us for help including the French, we've got three planes going out today, it's an unprecedented effort by the United Kingdom to meet what has been an unprecedented catastrophe in that part of the Caribbean".

He added that while the death toll was low for a storm of this magnitude, the infrastructure on the island of Barbuda "no longer exists".

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and French President Emmanuel Macron have both visited their countries' respective Caribbean territories. Further advisors are expected to arrive across the islands in the coming days.

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