The Prime Minister Antigua and Barbuda says “Barbuda is literally rubble” following the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. Speaking with ABS TV/Radio Antigua, Gaston Browne described the impact of the category 5 storm on the island in catastrophic terms.
“The entire housing stock was damaged,” said Browne. “It is just a total devastation.”
Government officials believe the storm has damaged 90% of the structures on Barbuda. The hurricane is being blamed for the death of at least one person on the island bringing the current death total associated with Hurricane Irma to three. The storm’s effects in Barbuda even impacted their ability to communicate with neighbouring nations.
Puerto Rico has reportedly seen 600,000 people lose power as Hurricane Irma continues down its path of destruction. The AP reports that 14 hospitals have lost power during the storm and are relying on generators. President Donald Trump has spoken with governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló to express support. In the readout of the call, the statement notes that FEMA has been working in coordination with Puerto Rico’s emergency management staff.