Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Barbuda a desolate island after Hurricane Irma

Barbuda a desolate island after Hurricane Irma

"For the first time in 300 years, there's not a single living person on the island of Barbuda-a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished", he said.

All 1800 residents living on Barbuda were forced to evacuate in the wake of Hurricane Irma, a 608-kilometre wide storm that smashed almost every structure on the island, which is only 160 square kilometres.

During the week of September 5- September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction in multiple Caribbean islands.

Checkout BEFORE AND AFTER pictures of the Island below...

Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, on Wednesday morning met with the Inter-American Emergency Aid Committee and representatives of major countries to discuss the impact of Hurricane Irma on Barbuda. CDEMA, working in conjunction with national disaster management offices, has been coordinating the provision of required personnel, relief supplies and other support in the run-up to, during, and after the passage of Irma.

Pets and livestock also have been left to fend for themselves on the wind-swept island.

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They identified immediate needs for the most devastated, particularly Barbuda, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, where water, food, materials to create temporary shelters such as plywood and tarpaulins, and especially cash will be sent to purchase items of immediate need. However, the conditions are not ideal. A nursing home has also been converted to house displaced Barbudans.

Sanders was recalling the tragic moment Hurricane Irma struck the island of Barbuda.

Sanders is seeking help from around the world to aid in recovery efforts, with initial estimates at around $200 million, USA Today reported.

"But", the ambassador said, "there is a natural desire by the Barbudan community to return to the island; something that is hard until basic services can be restored".

"What we have to insure now is that, when we rebuild, all of the buildings on the island can withstand hurricane forces of the kind and magnitude that we've seen, because we believe climate change is here to stay".

The GDP of Antigua is $1 billion per year, with the main source industry being tourism. It's a reality, despite all of the nay-sayers. "We, unfortunately, who contribute less than naught-point-naught per cent of the pollution of the world's atmosphere, are the world's greatest victims".

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