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BBC: Hurricane Irma: UK territory declares state of emergency

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Hurricane Irma: UK territory declares state of emergency

  • 8 September 2017
  • From the section UK
Boats crammed against the shore in Paraquita Bay in the British Virgin IslandsImage copyright Reuters
Image caption The UK territory of the British Virgin Islands is among the areas affected

A state of emergency has been declared in a British Overseas Territory hit by Hurricane Irma.

British Virgin Islands governor Gus Jaspert said there were reports of casualties and fatalities, and help had been requested from the UK.

He said radio and other communication channels were extremely limited.

The UK government has increased the relief fund for British overseas territories devastated by Hurricane Irma to £32m.

The announcement - increasing the fund from £12m - was made by Prime Minister Theresa May as she said the government had responded "swiftly" to the disaster.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the government was doing all it could to help people affected.

But Baroness Amos said it was felt the UK "did not respond" quickly enough.

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