Before and After Photos Show Irma's Terrible Destruction

Before and After Photos Show Irma's Terrible Destruction

Macron said Tuesday 11 people were killed on the French side of St. Martin. He added that 997 British military personnel had been deployed to the Caribbean.

Dazed citizens like Yanmara Suarez surveyed the devastation in the historic old town of Havana, largely submerged by a wind-whipped tidal surge that left many people wading in waist-high water over the weekend. A night-time curfew was imposed.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, after it had wreaked havoc along Florida's west coast.

Irma was packing 160 miles per hour (260 kph) winds when it made landfall in Cuba, the first storm of that power to reach the island since 1932, and it caused major damage to tourist infrastructure including an global airport on the sandy keys popular with Europeans and Canadians.

Asked how big the looting problem was in the British territory, Fallon said: "There has been a security issue there and that's why we're now prioritising getting armed troops in and police coming in behind them to strengthen the local police force". Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, called the destruction "heart-wrenching". Officials on the tiny two-island nation said it will seek worldwide assistance.

Between 100 and 120 inmates were said to have escape a prison on the Virgin Islands after the building was partially destroyed by Irma.

MARTIN: Despite all that, there are reports that Cuba sent more than 700 doctors to assist other islands. It left thousands of homes, businesses and hotels flooded. Irma passed through earlier in the week as a Category 5 storm.

Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon, as Hurricane Irma turns toward the Florida Keys, in Havana, Cuba September 9, 2017. The storm brought several tornadoes, which leveled homes in the eastern city of Palm Bay.

Hurricane-strength winds later were recorded in the northern half of Camaguey province, the agency said.

Granma said the storm also hit the country's agricultural infrastructure, damaging important crops like sugar.

Five died on the British Virgin Islands and four more on neighbouring Anguilla.

There were 24 deaths attributed to Irma throughout the Caribbean. Most of the territories impacted are controlled by the United Kingdom, the US, France and the Netherlands. The US Virgin Islands were also badly affected.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC Monday that the government plans to help for the long term and is in the process of formulating a recovery plan for its overseas territories.

"I'm going to stay here and tough it out", Mills said. "It will be done quickly, it will be done well and it will be done better", he said.

Alex Martinez, a 31-year-old American trapped on the Dutch part of St. Martin by Irma, said looters tried to raid his near-deserted hotel before he and others chased them off.

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