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Macron: France will rebuild St Martin island after Irma

Macron: France will rebuild St Martin island after Irma

An estimated 90 percent of structures on the island of Barbuda were damaged or destroyed.

"We need to go beyond the thought that these are territories and leave it to the respective governments", Khin-Sandi Lwin, who is leading UNICEF's response in the Caribbean, told CNN.

Amid reports that law and order was disintegrating on the island, the French and Dutch governments announced it was sending more troops to the island.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was expected to arrive in the United Kingdom overseas territory of Anguilla on Tuesday to offer his support to islanders there, Barbuda and the British Virgin islands, all of which suffered major devastation in the storm. "More specifically, I have come so that I can be beside those who have overcome fear and anxiety, who have lost almost everything except family members", Macron said during a conference in Marigot.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will visit the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla to see the relief effort first-hand, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

There are just under 500 troops now in the region, made up of marines, engineers, medics and specialists, including Army and Royal Air Force personnel, the Foreign Office said.

The tiny island of Barbuda was perhaps worst hit.

Johnson was planning to tour Anguilla to offer his support to islanders there and in the British Virgin islands, all of which suffered major devastation from the storms. Complaints about the UK's lack of attention to its Caribbean territories and their citizens - the majority of whom are black people - speak to much more longstanding concerns about the political, economic and diplomatic marginalisation of the small, less economically developed territories within the club of 14 British overseas territories.

The Dutch Red Cross said there were still more than 200 people listed as missing on St. Maarten, but with communications still extremely spotty a week after the storm hit it wasn't immediately clear how many were simply without cell service and unable to let friends and family know they had survived.

Soudiagom and other witnesses told Guadeloupe 1ere that the boat they took Friday carried tourists, including Americans, to safety but left many St. Martin residents behind, including needy mothers and children.

For most St. Martin residents, such prices are out of the question.

French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting hurricane-hammered St. Barts after reportedly staying overnight on the nearby island of St. Martin on a camp cot.

However, they were evacuated by plane early this morning to Puerto Rico.

So he used his own money to charter boats to ferry people to safety. He said Britain needs "to put the pedal to the metal" to get things back to normal. St. Thomas and St. John sustained substantial damage.

"I don't want to rebuild St. Martin as it was", he said.

In images broadcast by Dutch national network NOS, Willem-Alexander says, "I've never experienced anything like this before and I've seen a lot of natural disasters in my life".

Macron's government has defended its actions and has sent more than 1,000 troops, police and emergency workers to St. Martin and St. Barts in recent days.

Macron, who is also facing the first test at home of his resolve to reform the economy with a day of protests against his labour reforms, denied that authorities reacted too slowly. They also were transporting aid to the region.

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