Island of Barbuda is now empty; 'The damage is complete'

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

Browne backed the call by British billionaire Richard Branson - whose Necker Island resort was also ruined by the storm - for a Marshall Plan to help revitalize and rebuild the areas stricken by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. Beyond that, despite the treacherous conditions which lingered over Barbuda on the afternoon of the Hurricane's passage, Browne was the first person to arrive on the island via a unsafe helicopter ride.

The images released by NASA were captured by the Landsat 8 satellite before and after the storm hit in Barbuda and Saint Barthélemy. By September 7, electricity supply had been restored to most part of the island, NASA said further.

"They're anxious to go back home".

NASA Earth Observatory Antigua and Barbuda before and after Hurricane Irma. "My message is: just as Trump is helping other US states, like Florida and Texas, just remember that there are some countries in the Caribbean that got damaged and the USA can do more", he says.

Since last Monday, Sandals Foundation has been providing first-response relief of food to people housed in shelters in Turks and Caicos, while simultaneously promoting its worldwide online fund-raising drive through its website to collect donations for ongoing disaster relief work in Turks and Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda, and The Bahamas. He has a personal connection to these people.

"Clearly, this is a very hard time for Antigua and Barbuda and we are very appreciative of the support and, certainly, all of the pledges that will be made", he added.

"We'll have this money, if they say we need construction materials or mattresses, that's what we'll buy". The Antiguans were remarkably open-hearted and welcoming. He says he believes the country can use all the help it can get.

According to China's Ministry of Commerce, the Chinese government has provided humanitarian aid to Antigua and Barbuda, and launched the emergency mechanism to help with disaster relief and reconstruction after the hurricane. Therefore, preparations will have to include stockpiling food, water, medicines and other essentials long before storms arrive on their shores.

"We are going to have to look at how we are going to be rebuilding tourism in Barbuda to look more at potentially lighter infrastructure that may cost less for us to replace or which may survive the impact of these events in the future", he suggested, adding that the rebuilding process would take some time.

Meanwhile, the Antigua and Barbuda consulate general in Miami, Florida, has set up an official warehouse to receive humanitarian/physical donations.

The rebuilding effort, however, is a "mammoth task", Sanders said. "We have now to be able to cope with it", Sanders told PRI. The views expressed are his own.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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