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Published On: Sun, Oct 1st, 2017

Irma’s destruction: island by island

The category five hurricane has ripped through the Caribbean, leaving flattened landscapes, flash floods and loss of life

Antigua and Barbuda

Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 50% of the population of about 1,000 people left homeless.

One person two-year-old Carl Junior Francis is confirmed to have died in the storm. Michael Joseph, president of the Red Cross in Antigua and Barbuda, said:

The devastation is not like weve ever seen before were talking about the whole country of Barbuda being significantly destroyed.

Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years.

On Friday, authorities carried out a mandatory evacuation to the larger island of Antigua as Hurricane Jose, now a category four storm, approached. Jose which the US National Hurricane Center said was almost category five was due to hit the island on Saturday.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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Irma’s destruction: island by island