After the passage of Hurricane Irma on the islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, relief was organized. The goal is to reach the victims as quickly as possible. The provisional, record given on Thursday (September 7th) is at least 9 dead, but rescuers say they expect a much higher balance. The hurricane continues on its way to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Hurricane Irma, category 5, the maximum level for a cyclone, continues its route in the Caribbean. It threatens the Dominican Republic, after causing very heavy damage in several islands of the West Indies, with a provisional human balance of at least 9 dead. The inhabitants of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, as well as those of the island of Barbuda, truck a few hours earlier, discovered on awakening with dismay the magnitude of the disaster.
It is the longest cyclone ever recorded of this intensity in the world, according to Meteo-France. It generated with winds at 295 km / h for more than 33 hours.
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After being announced to 8 dead, the provisional record of French relief has been revised downwards. It is now 4 dead and about 50 wounded on the island of Saint-Martin, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. The head of government has promised that the state of natural disaster, which allows the assumption by the insurance, will be signed as of this Friday.
The damage is ” enormous” in the Dutch part of Saint Martin, devastating the airport and leaving the island cut off from the world, according to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. At least “one person died there and several were injured” according to a still provisional record of the authorities.
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“It was like an atomic bomb, everything is on the ground, ” said Thursday morning, on the first Guadeloupe antenna, Dany Verge, a resident of the island of St. Martin who had to spend the night in a room bathroom, with a washing machine to lock the door.
“The building where I was was trembling,” she says. It looked like he was going to implode. The sheets of sheet metal were torn off. […] After, the wind and the water entered the house. And as there were objects, it was an infernal crash. […] I came out very late and everything was blown, ripped open. We could not believe our eyes!”