British FM Johnson flying to Caribbean after criticism of Irma aid

HMS Ocean in Gib call en route to Caribbean aid mission

Chinook helicopters were being loaded today in the United Kingdom ready to fly to Gibraltar ahead of the ship's arrival.

He said that more than 500,000 British nationals have been in the path of the hurricane and that 997 British military personnel are now in the Caribbean helping with the relief effort.

Having regained its category five status overnight the hurricane has weakened to category three as it batters the north coast of Cuba.

"So we have maintained and kept law and order on the British Virgin Islands, which at one point could have dramatically threatened the already-unfortunate plight of those who had been hit by the hurricane".

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce additional funds for hurricane relief.

Johnson said British assistance was already making a big difference to the lives of those affected by Irma, and would not be just for the short-term. These are British people, these are British overseas territories and we will be there for the long term.

"There were about 700 troops in the region that has now gone up to 1,000". Royal Marines were sent to "protect the Governor and everything else about law and order".

He said: "I am writing from Puerto Rico, where I have travelled in order to further mobilise aid efforts and rebuilding plans for the British Virgin Islands and wider Caribbean. We will come forward with plans to restore these islands, get them back on their feet".

"I feel like the hurricane itself was like being in a nightmare and it was just terrible because the outcome wasn't actually as bad as on other islands, so I don't even want to imagine what the other people felt", Ms Fyffe told Sky News at Gatwick Airport.

Shilan Ghafoor and Hari Jami, who had their honeymoon cut short, called for more help for locals braced for a second storm.

"I think the scale of this hurricane is something quite unprecedented, but let me assure you, we are working hard now to bring relief to our own particular territories", Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said to Sky News.

"We're getting help. We need more help", Mapp said an interview with "Power Lunch".



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