Richard Branson reveals Irma's devastating impact on his private island home

Necker Island

The Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean is on the way from the Mediterranean to help with reconstruction, and more than 50 British police officers have been being sent to help keep order.

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

There were 420,000 British citizens in Florida either as residents or visitors, where Hurricane Irma also caused devastation.

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

From the images, it's easy to see how devastating the effects were, as the colours of the islands have changed drastically.

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

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has praised the response of the community in Anguilla after landing on the island to witness first-hand the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Irma.

Antigua and Barbuda, St. Martin and the Virgins Islands took the brunt of Hurricane Irma's wrath as the storm cut power lines and communication to and from the isolated islands.

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As hurricane Irma was about to hit the last week of the French west Indies, Richard Branson stated his intention to stay on his private island Necker Island, located in the british Virgin islands, also in the path of the cyclone. The Netherlands and France both sent troops and medics to help with rescue efforts.

He said: "I am writing from Puerto Rico, where I have travelled in order to further mobilise aid efforts and rebuilding plans for the British Virgin Islands and wider Caribbean". He further reported that about half of Barbuda's 1,800 population were homeless while nine out of 10 buildings had suffered damage, many of them destroyed.

Mr Johnson said the United Kingdom had responded in a "timely and a highly organised fashion", with further promises of support expected on top of the £32 million already committed and the pledge to match donations to the Red Cross appeal.

Facts and figures on the United Kingdom government's relief work in the Caribbean and the British Overseas Territories in response to Hurricane Irma.

British Virgin Islands: At least five people have died.

Mr Johnson is expected to visit these British territories in the coming days.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, who visited Dutch territories on Monday, spoke of his horror at what he found.

Shadow worldwide development secretary Kate Osamor said: "Boris Johnson was clear on Sunday that this is a national disaster being treated as though in Inverness, Dover or St Ives".

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