Barbuda was devastated by Irma. ANTIGUA/BARBUDA BROADCASTING SERVICES

Relief efforts are currently underway in Barbuda with reports of at least one boat with relief supplies reaching the hurricane-ravaged island by now.

Earlier on Thursday, port workers were seen loading building materials, food and drinking water on two vessels.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority-Dominican Darwin Telemaque said that the aim is to get the people as much help possible.

“We have over 400 cases of water and another 40-foot container…we are doing what we can,” he said.

Telemaque said a location will be set up on the port to receive, store and package goods to ship to Barbuda.

“There are also two aircraft coming in from the US. These vessels will be loaded with materials to head out to Barbuda,” he said.

“72 pallets of food, water, medical supplies, blankets and other supplies will be flown to Barbuda,” he added.

Irma, a deadly category 5 hurricane that took the life of a toddler in Barbuda, moved on to wreak havoc on islands of the northern Caribbean.

Antigua’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, said earlier that 60 percent of the island’s population has been made homeless as a result of the hurricane, sparking fear that residents do not have adequate shelter and supplies to sustain another storm.

Barbuda is the home to 1500 people.