Hurricane Irma: prayers for Barbuda at Southwark Cathedral service

17 September, 2017, 16:25 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Barbuda needs the world's help right now

Maarten for example, Irma destroyed several hotels with footage showing some of them flattened by the powerful winds.

A Canadian plane, full of supplies and volunteers, has landed in the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, where a Canadian charity is helping the country rebuild after Hurricane Irma. Some 95 percent of buildings were damaged, as well as all critical infrastructure.

The ambassador didn't mince words when it came to calling for help from the global community, laying some of the blame for the island's predicament at the world's feet.

"For the first time in 300 years, there's not a single living person on the island of Barbuda", said Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to the U.S. Ronald Sanders.

A local broadcaster in Barbuda summarized the situation thus: The island's history will now be described in two epochs.

The ambassador made compelling presentations to the representatives of both groups, who were visibly moved by a video presentation of the destruction of Barbuda and the evacuation of all its residents to Antigua.

He stressed that even these basic services have a high cost that is beyond the resources of the government of Antigua and Barbuda alone.

While Barbuda (top) was ravaged by Hurricane Irma, Antigua was spared the brunt of the storm and left wet, but much less severely damaged. PRI quoted Browne as saying the result of the storm is a "national disaster of epic proportions" and that Barbuda needs outside help.

Sanders doesn't know when the residents of Barbuda will be able to return but he does know they'll rebuild. It's planning to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help assess what's needed for rebuilding Barbuda. 95% of all island buildings have suffered after the hurricane, with majority completely unusable.

"We are a small island community - the gross domestic product of Antigua is $1 billion a year", he says.

Georgetown, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in a special session to learn about the effects of Hurricane Irma and Jose in the region, Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said here today. "We are hopeful that the worldwide community will come to our aid, not because we're begging for something we want, but because we're begging for something that is needed".

He also promised to release records of all relief money the government receives and how it's used.



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