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After Irma, the Island of Barbuda Remains Deserted

17 September 2017

He said that after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean islands and moved to Florida Keys, it ensured that no one was left on the island of Barbuda, where a civilisation had existed for centuries, indiatimes.com reported. His presence on Barbuda and the fact that he could personally give comfort and hope to the traumatised, bewildered and desperate people was decisive and invaluable.

He connected with and became good friends with Bishop Charlesworth Browne, pastor of the country's Christian Ministries Centre.

All of Barbuda's 1,800 residents have been evacuated and more than 95 per cent of its structures have been damaged after the ferocious storm hit its shores last week. By September 7, electricity supply had been restored to most part of the island, NASA said further.

So the charitable organization behind Spirit FM, Total Change Ministries, made a decision to take action. The release said that Browne confirmed that all Barbuda residents have been relocated to Antigua, with just a contingent of military personnel remaining to provide security."I'm very grateful for the visit by the CARICOM Chairman, Secretary-General and other members of the delegation".

Medical supplies were provided by Anguilla's Government through the Cayman Island Health Services Authority, Health City Cayman Islands, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital and other local pharmacies. Sanders said that pre-hurricane preparation, including importing supplies from the USA, helped provide for the evacuees. "If we don't go back we will go down", he warned. While Antigua could not have expected an overnight influx of the entire Barbuda population, in less than two days the government mobilised every resource to accommodate and care for them. "It could be clothes, they've lost everything".

"We've had most of the people we've brought over to Antigua in shelters", Sanders explained during an interview with PRI.

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Outages had fatal consequences at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill, a nursing home in Hollywood, Fla ., north of Miami. Rick Scott said he was "absolutely heartbroken" to hear of the news and demanded answers as to how the tragedy took place.

"But", the ambassador said, "there is a natural desire by the Barbudan community to return to the island; something that is hard until basic services can be restored". He says he believes the country can use all the help it can get. A nursing home has also been converted to house displaced Barbudans.

CNN quoted Sanders as saying Barbuda relies on tourism to survive, but in the meantime Antigua is still available for tourism. "That's my concern, that it will tend to be forgotten". It's the people with less means, they won't have insurance and all that.

The Prime Ministers of the British Virgin Islands, Orlando Smith; and the Bahamas, Hubert Minnis; the Foreign Minister of Haiti, Antonio Rodríguez; and a representative of the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands provided updated information on the conditions in their countries.

Anyone who would like to donate to the cause can do so in a couple of different ways.

This combination of satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe shows Codrington in Antigua and Barbuda on April 24, 2014, and Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, after Hurricane Irma.

After Irma, the Island of Barbuda Remains Deserted