Macron pledges 50 million Euros to Hurricane-ravaged islands
Sep 14 2017
Willem-Alexander was scheduled to fly Tuesday to the nearby Dutch islands of Saba and St. Eustatius, which also were hit by Irma, but suffered less damage than St. Martin.
On Saturday, there were 12 Israelis stuck in Saint Martin.
However as Caribbean leaders met to discuss the situation in the United Kingdom there was loud criticism of Britain's response to Irma.
"St. Martin will be reborn, I promise", Macron told reporters in Pointe-a-Pitre, on the French island of Guadeloupe.
Macron arrived in the French territory yesterday morning and immediately hit the ground to get a first-hand look at the impact of Irma's wrath, against the backdrop of complaints that France had deserted its own. "More specifically, I have come so that I can be beside those who have overcome fear and anxiety, who have lost almost everything except family members", Macron said during a conference in Marigot.
Johnson planned to visit the British Virgin Islands later Wednesday.
Alasdair Pinkerton, a senior lecturer in geography and geopolitics at the Royal Holloway University of London, said Britain's overseas model made it hard for Britain to respond quickly to crises like Hurricane Irma. The electricity supply has also been badly hit, authorities said. But after slavery was abolished in 1848, Tin said, "there were no reparations for the slaves, only for the slave owners", so the former slaves won freedom but remained destitute.
Irma was a Category Five hurricane when it crashed through the Caribbean, killing at least 26 people.
Soudiagom and other witnesses told Guadeloupe 1ere that the boat they took Friday carried tourists, including Americans, to safety but left many St. Martin residents behind, including needy mothers and children.
Macron's plane touched down in St. Martin as anger grew over looting and lawlessness in the French-Dutch territory after Hurricane Irma.
Many local residents were discovering that self-help is sometimes the most efficient. Seawater surged three blocks inland in the town of Caibarien, where officials said they had evacuated 880 people.
"It is clear this place has been through an absolutely hellish experience, and it is no doubt at all that you need help with power generation, with getting the hospital back up and running, getting the airport back up and running, and schools properly set - all kinds of things need to be done", Johnson said.
Elsewhere in the Caribbean, the U.S. has evacuated approximately 1,200 Americans from Dutch-administered St. Marteen in the last 24 hours, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Sunday.
"I have seen proper war as well as natural disasters before, but I've never seen anything like this". The region's isolation gave way to desperation as residents scavenged for food and drinking water-leading to media reports of "looting". "I actually had two persons try to break into my house at night the day before yesterday and I had to scare them off", he said.
Macron's government has defended its actions and has sent more than 1,000 troops, police and emergency workers to St. Martin and St. Barts in recent days.
A spokesman for his airline, Virgin Atlantic, told CNN that Virgin had "restarted flights to and from Antigua, and we're also taking essential aid on those flights for the island and wider BVI [British Virgin Islands] region".