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Hurricane Irma Response - Situation Report #2

Hurricane Irma Response - Situation Report #2

As reported by CNN, Sanders, who has been the US ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda since 2015, said the damage from the storm "was complete", adding that there is not one single living person on the island.

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque toured Anguilla on Wednesday.

In Antigua and Barbuda, Samaritan's Purse conducted ground assessments (specifically on Barbuda) and is now coordinating with government officials to prepare for the distribution of emergency relief supplies.

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.

All 1,800 residents now are homeless, having been evacuated to the sister island of Antigua. "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".

"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". He has a personal connection to these people.

Among the worst hit is the small country Antigua and Barbuda, as the island of Barbuda is now totally unfit for life.

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The first is the importance of preparation and readiness such as I just described. While Antigua could not have expected an overnight influx of the entire Barbuda population, in less than two days the government mobilised every resource to accommodate and care for them.

Though Barbudan evacuees are safe, Sanders says the situation is not ideal - people are living in cramped quarters in government facilities and nursing homes, including some 500 school-aged children. Of course, others helped - initially the Red Cross and then the emergency services of a few countries and hemispheric agencies.

In future, all Caribbean countries have to cater for a humanitarian crisis.

The fourth lesson is that building codes and standards have to be dramatically improved.

"My home? Gone", one Barbuda resident said from a shelter.

Sanders doesn't know when the residents of Barbuda will be able to return but he does know they'll rebuild. The government can not do it alone. It's just launched its own fundraiser to help with whatever the people of Barbuda need.