Hurricane Irma: UK government response in numbers, 13 September 2017

Sep 14, 2017, 01:09
Hurricane Irma: UK government response in numbers, 13 September 2017

"The devastation that has taken place means there will be a significant need for reconstruction in those British Overseas Territories", she said.

For every £1 donated by the United Kingdom public to the aid of the Caribbean, another £1 will be added through the Department for International Development's (DFID) Aid Match scheme, funded from the international development budget.

The way Britain and 34 other developed nations spend their aid budget is governed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development based in Paris (OECD).

The shocking pictures show just how devastating the hurricane has been as it turned most of the Caribbean Islands brown.

"This was our primary focus and continues to be our priority".

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He said the Government was in conversation with the OECD about making the rules on sending aid to incidents such as natural disasters more flexible. "Many foreigners have been willing to provide their own assistance at their cost, only to be denied - shame on you Queen Elizabeth, et al, for not allowing these people, whom you depend upon for tourism dollars, illegal shell corporations, and tax evasion to sustain this economy", Haynes writes. Branson said he's using "a satellite phone" to give updates.

"This means we can start the process of getting the territory secured, assess how to bring power and water back online, and improve access and communications to the BVI", Smith said.

"A bad thing has happened to British overseas territories".

By now, we've sent 700 British military personnel to the Caribbean, including engineers, medics and other specialists.

Responding to criticism over the Government's response to the disaster, Sir Michael pointed to the 16,000-tonne aid ship, equipped with marines, a helicopter, and pallets of aid, which was stationed in the Caribbean for the hurricane season.

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Already, 20 tonnes of United Kingdom aid has arrived in the region, including more than 2,500 shelter kits and 2,300 solar lanterns.

'We felt the full force of the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean.

His trip comes after the United Kingdom government was criticised for its perceived slow and inadequate response to help affected communities in its overseas territories.

Over 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British junior minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine.

Mr Johnson said there are now 1,000 troops which have been deployed, with this figure set to increase to 1,250 in the coming days.

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A British Foreign Officer minister said earlier today that there had been a "serious threat of the complete breakdown of law and order".

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