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Hurricane Irma: UK territory declares state of emergency

 

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

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

One resident said it had been “terrifying” and there was “total devastation”.

The UK government has increased the relief fund for British overseas territories from £12m to £32m.

Irma passed over the British overseas territories of Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on Wednesday night – and went on to batter the UK islands of Turks and Caicos further north on Thursday evening.

Full story at BBC News