United Kingdom government increases support for victims of Irma

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"In my home at night, we are locked in like a bunker", said Conn Davis, a British Virgin Islands resident, told NBC News.

Recovery and aid efforts are under way to help those trying to piece together their lives from the ruins of the weather front, which has since been downgraded from a hurricane. Barbuda, our sister island has been declared a disaster area.

He had been stranded away from Tortola when Irma struck and his own home was one of the many severely damaged by the hurricane.

Barts, Anguilla and Barbuda, as well as the US and British Virgin Islands, killing dozens of people and leaving thousands more homeless.

Mr Johnson said there are now 1,000 troops which have been deployed, with this figure set to increase to 1,250 in the coming days.

£32 million already announced for disaster relief with a further £25million committed. Donald Trump is headed to Florida, and now Emmanuel Macron will visit St Martin tomorrow.

Hitting back at claims Britain has been too slow, he said we must all be "humble in the face of the power of nature".

"But hundreds of dedicated British public servants are doing their utmost to help, and they will not relent in their efforts".

"What they're seeing is an unprecedented United Kingdom response, but I want to stress it is not just for the short-term, we are going to be there for the long-term as well", he told the Press Association news agency.

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During a visit to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pledged "our absolute commitment" to Britons there.

"Leo carries a knife with him", she said.

Only approved relief flights are being allowed into the British overseas territory.

An unnamed minister told the BBC that strict global rules governing the allocation of the £13 billion overseas aid pot meant British Overseas Territories were not eligible for the cash.

She also urged the Government to create a "long-term plan" for the overseas territories to address threats posed by climate change.

It said two members of the United Kingdom police cadre, who support the military in times of global crisis, flew out on Friday, while a further 53 British officers from 14 police forces, including the Metropolitan Police, are due to leave from RAF Brize Norton in co-operation with the MoD.

After days of waiting and wondering, a local woman said she finally heard from family feared missing after Hurricane Irma hit the US and British Virgin Islands.

"We commend the Premier for meeting with us and we are ready to do the work to support the rebuild of our community", Phillips added. We were advised to purchase enough food and water in to keep us going through the weekend.

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