After Hurricane Irma, violence over food strikes Caribbean islands

Boris Johnson fended off criticism of the government’s response as he visited Anguilla

Boris Johnson fended off criticism of the government’s response as he visited Anguilla

Many on St Martin, an island which is divided between France and The Netherlands and known for its vibrant nightlife and pristine beaches, had been concerned about how to shelter from the second storm. Neither country - nor the Dutch, who have sovereignty over the other side of the St Martin island - anticipated the disaster or got enough aid to the afflicted areas quickly enough.

France's meteorological agency issued its highest warning, saying the Category Four Hurricane Jose could become a "dangerous event of exceptional intensity".

Al Jazeera's John Holman reports from Barbuda island. Almost 160 were evacuated on Friday and approximately 700 more on Saturday. However, they were evacuated by plane early this morning to Puerto Rico. The Norwegian Sky cruise ship was due to arrive Tuesday and take its charges to Miami. Most of the 10 people killed by Irma lived on French territories there. "There is a odd mood at the moment in Saint-Martin, so we need to think about public order".

He also said 2000 additional security forces have been deployed including the army to complement the forces already on the ground.

The French government said that 95% of St. Martin had been destroyed.

Duncan said the Royal Air Force was transporting supplies all the time and 997 military personnel were now in the Caribbean.

Thirty-year-old Clara James, on arriving in Eindhoven, said the Dutch side of St Martin "literally looks like a war zone".

"One of the hotels that we could have went to were actually across the street is completely wiped away", Bender said.

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Dominga Tejera picked her way around fallen palm trees rotting in mud as she returned home after a nine-hour workday as a hospital janitor on the Caribbean island that only a week ago had seemed like paradise.

Four storm-related deaths were reported in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Late Saturday, St. Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin said about 1,600 tourists had been evacuated and efforts are being made to move 1,200 more.

The French energy group EDF said it would send 140 tonnes of electrical equipment including generators and pumps to the islands from nearby Guadeloupe as soon as conditions permit.

Hundreds of tourists were still trying to leave the island, with dozens lining up outside St. Maarten's Princess Juliana Airport, where only five large letters of its name remained.

Hans Leijtens is the civil servant put in charge of the Dutch end of hurricane recovery. The Canadian low-priced airline and tour agency Sunwing evacuated some Canadian tourists from St Maarten to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on Saturday. St. Thomas and St. John sustained substantial damage.

Speaking on CNN, Stacey Plaskett, delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives for the U.S. Virgin Islands, said there was no real looting occurring, but rather desperate people scrambling for scarce supplies.

Briton Claudia Knight said her partner is carrying a knife for protection on the island of Tortola as "it's turning really nasty", The Guardian reported. A tanker with 350 tons of fresh water was also on its way.

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