Residents evacuate Barbuda

Residents line up to be evacuated. Photo: Antigua Observer

Residents of Barbuda are currently being evacuated in the wake of Hurricane Irma, given the fact that the island is being threatened by yet another storm: Hurricane Jose.

The Red Cross and teams from the coast guard are assisting with the evacuation of women and children.

The evacuation is voluntary and the government is asking Antiguans to accommodate anyone that they can.

The government is willing to provide a stipend and food where necessary.

They did not give a time as to how long the accommodation will be neccessary.

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 90 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 home to 1,500 people.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Antigua and Barbuda as Hurricane Jose, a category 2 hurricane, moves towards the Leeward Islands.

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  1. simone
    September 8, 2017

    Another hurricane. Oh Lord please protect and please send your angels to protect the people of the Northern Leeward Islands.

    America! America!. Please stop this with your secret weapon, the HAARP. We all know that there is natural and man- made disasters. We all know that God is the judge and we should not judge anyone, but my people please read about the HAARP.

  2. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    September 8, 2017

    This reminds me of Hurricane David in 1979 when we became homeless. I will never forget the neighbor on our block who took in all the children into her home and their parents. I was one of them. Thank you Mrs. Bengi.

  3. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    September 8, 2017

    We need to take in some of them in Dominica. Our population is much too small.

  4. lydia
    September 7, 2017

    are they sending anyone to trinidad

  5. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    September 7, 2017

    Irma is one angry hurricane. These hurricanes and storms are too capable of displacing people.
    Poor people of Barbuda. It is a good thing Barbuda has only 1,500 people. It must have been a nice, quiet place to live. Now their comfort zone is disrupted by Hurricane Irma. This is sad and painful for them.
    Yesterday morning I did hear on the Toronto news that the vegetation was destroyed and may never be restored. The people of Barbuda will never forget Irma.
    May they be comfortable where they will be staying.
    Lord, we know you are with them, comforting and strengthening them from above.

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