Hurricane Irma

9th September 2017

Andrew Bridgen speaks to International Development Secretary about UK support for affected islands and has received the below letter from the Foreign Office:

HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE

Further to my statement on Hurricane Irma in the House yesterday, I committed to keep members updated.

As you will be aware, Hurricane Irma has already brought hazardous sea and weather conditions to many parts of the Caribbean,  primarily affecting Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, St Maarten,  Antigua & Barbuda, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic so far.  It is approaching Cuba and, following that, Florida.  The devastation in the British Virgin Islands has been particularly severe.  Immediately following Hurricane Irma is Hurricane Jose, which on the current trajectory is likely to hit the same areas.

British nationals in areas that may be affected have been advised to  follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders, and the advice of their tour operator.  They should continue to check our travel advice pages on gov.uk.  Where relevant, our travel advice links to local sources of advice and information on action to take in response to Hurricane Irma. 

If constituents have particular concerns about their friends/relatives, for example specific medical needs or if they are otherwise vulnerable, they should call the FCO hotline on 020 7008 0000 and provide the details to our crisis handling team.

As you may be aware, this morning the Foreign Secretary gave details of some of the wider support we are offering to those affected by Hurricane Irma, including by the naval ship RFA Mounts Bay which has moved from Anguilla to the British Virgin Islands overnight to distribute humanitarian aid there. We have announced a £32m aid package for the area.  Additional Foreign Office and Department for International Trade specialists and UK troops will arrive in the region later today.

Yours,

RT HON SIR ALAN DUNCAN MP

MINISTER OF STATE FOR EUROPE & THE AMERICAS

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