NASA Photos Show How Caribbean Islands Changed Color After Hurricane Irma

Postado Setembro 17, 2017

More than 95 percent of the structures on Barbuda are demolished, and the island needs major support.

Sandals Resorts International Chairman Gordon "Butch" Stewart on Friday announced that he is giving a personal donation of EC$150,000 to assist the children of Barbuda, the Eastern Caribbean island ravaged by Hurricane Irma two weeks ago.

According to the company, over 200 engineers, technicians and riggers have been mobilised across the region to undertake the required network restoration work.

The Antigua and Barbuda government and, particularly the Prime Minister, gave strong leadership in gearing-up both islands for Irma.

"I'm pleased to report that our mobile network in Antigua and Anguilla are already back to pre-Irma usage levels".

"For the first time in 300 years", he said, "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". So, while the people of other islands, mostly colonies and outposts of powerful nations, were left in dire conditions for days - some are still waiting for help, this did not occur in Antigua and Barbuda. The extent of the damage is beyond the means of these islands.

"They're just 30 miles from the eye and they came out with minor damage, it's a total miracle", Somerville says.

"We are a small island community - the gross domestic product of Antigua is $US1 billion ($1.2 billion) a year", Sanders explained.

"What my government doesn't want is for any donor in the public or private institution accuse us for not being getting value in money", he says.

Fortunately the storm diverted without too much damage to Antigua, which has quickly been able to return to normal life.

Mentioning that Barbuda has world-class beaches with pink sand and crystal clear water, he said the island is handsome for tourism.

"The plan is to organise a regional and worldwide aid conference that can help to get significant pledges towards the reconstruction effort of these countries". Not many can decant from one part of their state to the other.

The fourth lesson is that building codes and standards have to be dramatically improved. It's just launched its own fundraiser to help with whatever the people of Barbuda need. Storms in the future will be Category 5's and more.

The rebuilding effort, however, is a "mammoth task", Sanders said.

"While the government is doing it's very best, to cope with that situation and start a rebuilding process in Barbuda, we simply can't take on a project of that magnitude by ourselves", Sanders added. "We can not cope with our own resources alone". He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto.