Richard Branson calls for 'Marshall Plan' to help Caribbean recover

Richard Branson calls for 'Marshall Plan' to help Caribbean recover

A senior British Virgin Islands government official called on the expertise of the Serve On volunteer team but the group was initially hampered from reaching the disaster zone after Hurricane Jose threatened to follow Hurricane Irma's path.

He is 55-year old Derek Ragnath, formerly of Mahaica Public Road near the police station.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has forecast Irma will reach the Keys and southern Florida on Sunday morning, bringing devastating winds, rain and storm surges up to 12ft high.

Ragnath's family members were not with him when disaster struck.

Neilson, who rode out the hurricane last week at his home in St. Thomas, added that the storm "drastically" changed the island's landscape.

The entrepreneur shared a video and pictures with fans showing the devastation that the storm has done to the British Virgin Islands.

On Wednesday morning, Mr Johnson will be venturing out into the community to see some of the most hard-hit places of Anguilla before heading to the British Virgin Islands.

The U.K. government received criticism for its response to Hurricane Irma, with some U.K. citizens on islands saying they felt abandoned.




Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane, passed through the Caribbean and Florida, causing massive infrastructural damage.

"We are hopeful Hurricane Jose will not hit the BVI as hard as Hurricane Irma did, but we're urging everyone to get prepared and helping with supplies where we can", he wrote.

Confirming 997 British military personnel are in Caribbean, Sir Alan confirmed there had been "a serious breach of law and order" on the BVI and marines had been deployed.

"Much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged", he wrote on his blog.

The British Virgin Islands' head, Orlando Smith, said they would require long haul assistance from the UK: "We are a flexible people yet this has shaken us to our center".

On Monday, Johnson said further support would soon be made available on top of the 32 million pounds ($42 million) already pledged to the relief fund. The contrast before and after the storm is stark, NASA's Earth Observatory reveals.

He said: "Other countries actually now been asking us for help including the French, we've got three planes going out today, it's an unprecedented effort by the United Kingdom to meet what has been an unprecedented catastrophe in that part of the Caribbean".

Mr Johnson is expected to visit these British territories in the coming days. French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit St. Martin on Tuesday.

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