Hurricane Irma: Caribbean counts the cost of deadly storm

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 | 379 views
 A photo shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin

A photo shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin

AS deadly Hurricane Irma barrelled through the Caribbean last week, those places already hit are braced for a prolonged recovery.

It has caused more than $10bn (£7,6bn) in damage across the Caribbean so far, disaster risk experts said on Friday.

That would make it the costliest storm ever to hit the region, the Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology said.

Airports are closed or inoperable and cruise lines have cancelled voyages.

Some parts of the region, such as St Kitts and Puerto Rico, faced extreme weather, but appear to have avoided the worst of the storm.

But other places have been shaken “to their core”, the secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley, told the BBC. — BBC News

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