French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin announced on Wednesday that Hurricane Irma has already caused “major damage” to several Caribbean islands under French control.
It is reported that Irma a category five hurricane has blown the roofs of buildings, cut communications to the islands and the rainfall has resulted in flooding on the islands of Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin.
The hurricane has caused flooding in the low lying areas and the strong waves generated by the hurricane are battering the coastal areas in the region.
As Irma hit Saint Barthelemy also known as Saint Barts equipment on the island measured wind speeds of 244 kilometres per hour (151mph) before the equipment was destroyed.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said that the government buildings on the island of Saint Martin where the sturdiest built buildings on the island and that the hurricane had destroyed them meaning that other more rustic buildings on the island were likely to have been destroyed as well.
The government had issued a warning as thousands of residents refused to leave their home to a place of shelter.
Source : Thenation
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