Situation “grim” in British overseas territories after Irma, says British foreign minister

Updated: 12:53 GMT, Sep 11, 2017 | Published: 08:40 GMT, Sep 11, 2017 |

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday (September 10) that the situation in British overseas territories in the Caribbean remained “grim” following their pummeling by Hurricane Irma.

The ferocious Category 5 storm, which killed at least 28 people across the region, devastated housing, power supplies and communications, leaving some small islands almost cut off from the world. European nations sent military reinforcements to keep order amid looting while the damage was expected to total billions of dollars.

British ministers met for a cabinet crisis response meeting amid complaints from residents of the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla had been too slow.

Johnson denied that the government response was inadequate, calling the military aid and police reinforcements “an unprecedented response.”

Hurricane Irma made landfall in southern Florida with 130 mile-per-hour (210 kmph) winds on Sunday.

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