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Dozens of inmates on run after hurricane breakout

Dozens of inmates on run after hurricane breakout

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About 100 "very serious" prisoners have escaped from a jail on the British Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The convicts pose a "serious threat of the complete breakdown of law and order" on the islands, according to foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan.Speaking to MPs in the Commons, Sir Alan said marines from RFA Mounts Bay were used to "protect the Governor and everything else about law and order" after the storm hit on Friday.He also revealed that more than 500,000 British nationals have been in the path of the hurricane, and nearly 1,000 British military personnel are now in the Caribbean to help with the relief effort.Image:Among the troops sent to the Caribbean were medics and engineers The announcement came as Boris Johnson travelled to the Caribbean to visit the Briti...
Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEuropean countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response.French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge "airlift" was bringing more aid.UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is due in the region and the king of the Netherlands is touring Dutch islands.Irma killed at least 23 people in the three countries' overseas territories.The victims include 10 dead on the French island of St Barts and on the French part of St Martin - which is shared with the Netherlands.As he arrived in the region on Tuesday, President Macron said the government had responded with "one of the biggest airlifts since World War Tw...
'All hell breaks loose' in Rohingya camps

'All hell breaks loose' in Rohingya camps

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More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh following a two-week surge in violence in majority Buddhist Myanmar, formerly Burma.Aid officials said refugee camps in the neighbouring country were reaching capacity, as fleeing Rohingyas claimed security forces and Buddhist mobs in Rakhine state had attacked them and set fire to their homes.The violence began on 25 August, when an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts in Myanmar and security forces retaliated.The UN has condemned what it called a cruel military operation against the minority community and said it appeared to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".But the Myanmar government has dismissed the Rohingya claims, with leader Aung San Suu Kyi blaming fake news and a misinformation campaign.Foreign ...
Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Irma weakened further Monday afternoon as the center of the system moved across southwestern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.In its 5 p.m. advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located 10 miles east of Albany, Ga., and 150 miles south of Atlanta. Irma continues to move north-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.The NHC said Irma was likely to become a tropical depression Tuesday.The NHC discontinued several watches and warnings for southern parts of the state of Florida.A storm surge warning was in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River, as well as for North of Clearwater Beach to the Aucilla River.A tropical storm warning was in effect from the North of Altamaha Sound to the South Santee R...
Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceHurricane Irma is blasting up the west coast of Florida after buffeting the city of Miami, with dangerous flooding along long stretches of coast.It has been downgraded from category three to one but still has maximum sustained winds of 75mph (120km/h).More than 3.4 million homes in the state are without power, with parts of the city of Miami under water.At least four deaths have been linked to the storm and several areas have brought in curfews.Are you in the region? Have you been affected by Hurricane Irma? If it is safe for you to do so, share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.Florida's Director of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, said late in Sunday he could not yet confirm or deny reports of multiple deaths and extensive dam...