British FM Johnson flying to Caribbean after criticism of Irma aid

British Virgin Islands was hit hard by Hurricane Irma.

"We had a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the British Virgin Islands (BVI)", junior foreign minister Alan Duncan said to Parliament.

He told MPs: "The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped".

The United Kingdom has launched a major relief effort in the Caribbean, with more than 990 troops and 50 police officers deployed to support the islands and distribute aid.

He added that while the death toll was low for a storm of this magnitude, the infrastructure on the island of Barbuda "no longer exists".

"We continue to work flat out to help the people who have suffered so much in the Caribbean, particularly of course in our overseas territories, in Anguilla, in the Turks and Caicos, and above all in the British Virgin Islands where there's been massive devastation", said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

The Government has sent nearly 1000 military personnel after more than half a million Britons found themselves in the path of Hurricane Irma.

'We will come through with a recovery plan for those islands and make sure they get back on their feet again'.

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May also announced the government would be increasing the relief fund for British Overseas Territories left devastated by Irma from £12m to £32m.

The all-terrain vehicles have been stowed on HMS Ocean which is due to sail to the Caribbean today. A bad thing has happened to British overseas territories.

"I think a lot more should be done from us worldwide to help them out".

"And I'm pleased to say that 24 hours later, or 48 hours later, we've been able significantly to reinforce the Marines".

"But British Virgin Islands Hurricane #Irma story is not about Necker - it is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods".

Almost 40 of them are considered extremely risky, with fears that security on the island devastated by Hurricane Irma is extremely vulnerable, writes The Telegraph.

Mike Adamson, chief executive of British Red Cross, said: "Red Cross teams are on the ground now supporting people in shelters, providing first aid and doing whatever they can to help".

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