“Certainly one dead on the Dutch part Sint Maarten’
On the Dutch part of St. Maarten’s at least one dead and “several wounded” cases, said minister Ronald Plasterk (Interior and kingdom relations) Thursday night. Also, there is looting.
“We have now confirmed that there is a dead and some wounded cases on St. Maarten, but also, that image is incomplete,” said Plasterk, who stressed that communication with the island is still difficult. Possible that number is still on.
The public administration on the island is therefore not functional, according to the minister, who earlier on Thursday spoke with William Marlin, the premier of the island
According to Plasterk help the existing military, the local police in restoring public order. There are fifty extra police officers from Curacao, on the way to Sint Maarten. “Fortunately, we have already in advance soldiers to the island sent.”
There is worked throughout the night to the airport of the island again to make them useful for military air traffic, the minister said. Two aircraft with noodhulpgoederen are on the way to Sint Maarten.
At the first repair and the delivery of emergency assistance is in a hurry. The following hurricane, Jose, is Saturday morning already expected. Is expected to that storm in terms of strength in the third category.
Plasterk confirmed what lieutenant-at-sea Egbert Chair earlier on Thursday said. He told NPO Radio 1, that there is looted on the island. Chair is from the Maritime Headquarters in Curaçao involved in the emergency.
“Public administration has no grip on what’s happening,” said Chair. Especially the lack of communication makes the situation difficult. He could not confirm that there are people with guns walking around as some islanders is reported.
About forty mp’s are on Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba to the local agents to help. Many of the buildings on Sint Maarten are damaged. On Saba and Sint Eustatius seems to be the damage to fall and there seem to be no victims to his cases.
In the Caribbean are certainly nine people were killed by hurricane Irma. Most of the deaths up to now in the French part of Sint Maarten: four. According to the French premier Édouard Philippe were also about fifty people in Saint Martin injured.
The other deaths on the islands of Barbuda, Barbados and Anguilla. In Barbados, came a person to the life while browsing the internet. In addition, there are 23 injured cases. In the American territory of Puerto Rico fell three dead.
The British island of Anguilla, according to reports of eyewitnesses “affected as by a-bomb”. Also the British Virgin islands have major damage, said secretary of state, Alan Duncan of the British ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Helicopter filming the damage in Sint Maarten after hurricane Irma
Hard to reach
The port and the airport in the hard-hit St. Maarten are still unusable, but the Chair hopes that there Thursday still change. Military personnel have started the cleaning of the runway. The hope, then, is that at the end of the day military aircraft can make use of.
The navy vessel Zr. Ms. Pelican is now in Sint Maarten arrived. This is reported by the navy via Twitter. The ship quickly moves material to land.
The approach of hurricane José can cause problems, and the auxiliary activities more difficult. If the hurricane Sint Maarten is visiting the naval vessels from the vicinity of the island. “The ships must get out of the path of the hurricane stay”, said the Chair.
The residents of the affected islands are largely secluded from the outside world.
Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs said earlier in the day that the failed communication channels but very little contact is possible with the islands. The cabinet had Thursday a crisisberaad.
The ministry of Foreign Affairs Dutch citizens in the hurricane region an email is sent with information about what they can do best. The mail is sent to people who have registered via nederlandwereldwijd.nl. The ministry calls on everyone in the hurricane region is located on that website.
For questions, the ministry is open 24 hours per day on +31 247 247 247. According to a spokeswoman, there are Thursday, about a hundred phone calls received.
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Secretary-general António Guterres of the United Nations Thursday stripped on the victims and the immense damage that the hurricane Irma in the Caribbean has caused.
In a New York statement issued expressed Guterres his sympathy with the inhabitants and governments of the affected countries and areas. He praised the authorities, who were well prepared and also well responded. Irma is the most powerful tropical storm ever in the region was registered.
Hurricane Irma causes havoc on Windward Islands
Slowly it is becoming more and more clear about the damage that hurricane Irma has caused on Sint Maarten.
From the air the damage in Sint Maarten good to see.
High waves near the coast of Sint Maarten.
The NH90 helicopter of the Royal Navy made Wednesday afternoon local time a first reconnaisance flight over the island.
The airport on St. Maarten.
Point Blanche in Sint Maarten after hurricane Irma is visited.
Readers send photos of the situation on Sint Maarten.
© Koen Soonius and Dave Knotter
The damage on the island of St-Maarten is significantly.
© NU.nl/Koen Soonius and Dave Knotter
Entire houses have collapsed as a result of the hurricane Irma.
First images of Sint Maarten show that hurricane Irma on the island wreaked havoc has done.
The French government has let us know that a number of solid buildings, such as a police station and an army barracks have been damaged, so the expectation is that less-strong buildings not much better.
© Peter Jan de Vin/Defense
In the capital Philipsburg is a case of heavy flooding and damage.
Collomb has three additional between to the hard-hit islands of Sint Maarten and Saint-Barthélemy sent.
© Royal Navy
Irma is a hurricane of the worst category with wind speeds up to 295 kilometers per hour.
Messages that residents of the affected island leave, speak of devastation as a result of the hard gusts of wind. It comes to weggewaaide roofs and power poles, fallen trees, and even fires in houses.
A lot of people have in recent days tried as much as possible to make preparations to Irma to resist.
Also have most of the population, large stocks of water and food in the game for a number of days in the house to survive, should the need arise.
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