Dead and looting on the Dutch part Sint Maarten after hurricane Irma

Dead and looting on the Dutch part Sint Maarten after hurricane Irma

On the Dutch part of Sint Maarten are certainly one dead and “several wounded” cases, said minister Ronald Plasterk (Interior and kingdom relations) Thursday night. Also, there is looting.

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.”

The public administration on the island is the lack of communication is not functional, according to the minister, who earlier on Thursday spoke with William Marlin, the premier of the island. Who is worried about housing and the availability of medical help.

There is worked throughout the night to the airport of the island again to make them useful for military air traffic, the minister said.


Helicopter filming the damage in Sint Maarten after hurricane Irma

Largest natural disaster

“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.

Plasterk speaks of the “greatest natural disaster that our kingdom since quite a long time has taken”.


Plasterk confirms dead and wounded on the Dutch part Sint Maarten


“A lot of people on Sint-Maarten are only trying to survive and do everything to eat and drink. We need the masses are keeping it under control.” That says, the former prime minister of Sint-Maarten and current chairman of the parliament Sarah Wescott-Williams.

She is responding thus to the ongoing stories about looting on the island that Wednesday was hit by the devastating hurricane Irma. There is, according to her urgent need of aid.

“The devastation by hurricane Irma Sint-Maarten are so much worse than all the previous hurricanes that we have experienced,” says Wescott-Williams. “We have a huge blow. No one could have expected. Everyone is amazed at the strength of the hurricane.”

The former prime minister saw cars fly away “as matchbooks by the wind”.

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The netherlands and Great Britain go to the assistance of the Caribbean co-ordinate. That minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Thursday agreed in Estonia, where a meeting of EU ministers. The British overseas territories in the Caribbean are also heavily affected by the hurricane.

There is also “intensive” cooperation with the French. Koenders in a press statement: “At the operational, diplomatic and political level, there is continuous contact and cooperation, and are people from among more Defence and Foreign Affairs used to be the first help shape.”

The European Union and several countries in the Caribbean region have already offered help.


Two cargo planes of the Royal air Force are Thursday evening from Eindhoven air base left for Curaçao, with supplies and additional troops to St. Maarten on board. A C-130 Hercules rose shortly after 18.30 hours on it. A second transporttoestel, a KDC-10, departed at 20.00 hrs.

The Hercules will fly between Curaçao and St. Maarten, because the aircraft is suitable to land on a primitive and poorly accessible runways.

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.
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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.
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The damage on the island of St-Maarten is significantly.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Irma is a hurricane of the worst category with wind speeds up to 295 kilometers per hour.
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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.
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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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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.

Ministers involved in the relief efforts by the hurricane Irma affected islands to come Friday to meet again in the National Crisis Centre. That the ministry of Security and Justice let you know.

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Nine dead

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 navy vessel Zr. Ms. Pelican is now docked in the port of Sint Maarten. 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 hurting, will the naval ships near 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.

Zr. Ms. Pelican moored in the container port of Sint Maarten. Discharge can begin! @kon_marine @korpsmariniers #irma


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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 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.

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