Escaped Prisoners Captured On British Virgin Islands

16 September, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Escaped Prisoners Captured On British Virgin Islands

When Hurricane Irma devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands last Wednesday Ben Steed, a Texas native who now lives on the island of St. John, rounded up his friends there.

Residents in the larger St. Thomas are anxious food supplies could run low before they are replenished.

He said 90 percent of St. Thomas' electrical distribution was destroyed and about half of St. John's grid is down.

Three FEMA urban-search-and-rescue task forces are operating in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and have done targeted searches on more than 2,000 structures there.

Some Britons stranded on affected islands said they felt abandoned, and some said the Dutch and French governments, which also have Caribbean territories, were better prepared and quicker to respond. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored.

The Conservative MP James Duddridge, who until a year ago was a Foreign Office minister with responsibility for the Caribbean and British Overseas Territories, said: "It is absolutely essential we change these rules". At this time, U.S. citizens should not attempt to go to the U.S. Embassy in Havana as it suffered severe flood damage.

Escaped Prisoners Captured On British Virgin Islands
Escaped Prisoners Captured On British Virgin Islands

President Donald Trump has declared the islands part of a major disaster zone and federal aid was sent to help residents recover.

"I've learned that numerous islanders are walking around neighborhoods smelling for cooking and pleading for the kindness of strangers", said Grapski.

"We are USA citizens, and the USA government needs to come and help".

On top of that, the phone number to the island's police department is disconnected, and the website for the Virgin Islands National Guard is down. "They are in need!"

After two massive hurricanes hit the United States back to back, much media attention has focused on damage to the mainland - predominantly in Texas and in Florida. "We're going to rebuild".

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