Richard Branson’s son, Sam, has posted footage on instagram that shows the devastation in the British Virgin Islands.
The video gives an idea of the scale of the task facing the people who now have to rebuild their lives.
It was shot in Tortola where it is believed Sam Branson currently is while his father is on Necker Island where his luxury retreat has been all but destroyed.
Sam said: ‘This video is quite traumatic. Tortola today after #hurricaneirma. Most buildings completely destroyed. Many left homeless. Beyond tragic. My deepest wishes go to all those affected. Still no news from Virgin Gorda.’
Earlier he updated to say that there was no mobile phone coverage, power and wifi were down. He described Paraquita Bay as ‘really bad’ and Marina bay as ‘pretty bad.
He urged people to be careful as there was a lot of damage on the island and many buildings have been damaged or destroyed.
Texas-based television producer Bryan Eckert, who endured the upheaval of Harvey last week, found himself on Tuesday in the path of Irma as he and his wife sought to take an ill-fated sailing getaway to recoup in the British Virgin Islands.
‘We thought we’d have a nice trip to island hop,’ Eckert, 50, an employee of the NBC affiliate station in San Antonio, said by telephone as he hunkered down on the second floor of a Tortola hotel. ‘I thought this would be a vacation.’
The Government has made £12 million available immediately to help with the relief effort following Hurricane Irma.
The category five storm has caused devastation in the Caribbean, and Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan said the UK was doing its ‘utmost’ to bring urgent assistance.
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