Foreign Secretary Weighs In On Military Presence In The Caribbean

Foreign Secretary Weighs In On Military Presence In The Caribbean

Ronald Pratt
September 14, 2017

According to Duncan, 500,000 British nationals were in the hurricane's path.

The United Kingdom has launched a major relief effort in the Caribbean, with more than 990 troops and 50 police officers deployed to support the islands and distribute aid.

Having regained its category five status overnight the hurricane has weakened to category three as it batters the north coast of Cuba.

At least 38 people were killed and thousands left homeless when the hurricane struck several islands in the Caribbean during September.

'It is absolutely disgraceful that it has taken the whole day for Priti Patel to respond to the worst hurricane we have seen in a British territory since the 1920s, ' she said.

He said: "We were there as soon as the crisis broke, obviously it doesn't make any sense when a hurricane is impending to send in heavy aircraft, the French had to ask us for assistance later on because we had got the right sort of kit there".

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Following criticism of the Government's response to the disaster, ministers announced a £32 million relief package and pledged to double any public donations to the British Red Cross appeal for victims of Hurricane Irma, up to £3 million.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said there are just under 500 troops now in the region, made up of marines, engineers, medics and specialists, including Army and RAF personnel.

However, Sir Michael yesterday pointed to RFS Mounts Bay, the 16,000-ton aid ship equipped with marines and a helicopter, which was stationed in the Caribbean for the hurricane season. "We will come forward with plans to restore these islands, get them back on their feet".

On his arrival in Anguilla on Tuesday, which he will tour on Wednesday before travelling to the British Virgin Islands, Mr Johnson said it was "clear this place has been through an absolutely hellish experience".

"We couldn't sleep the whole night because we were just scared", Ms Caesar added.

"We should all be humble in the face of the power of nature, and whatever relief we are able to provide will not be enough for many who have lost so much", said Sir Alan.