Barbuda a desolate island after Hurricane Irma

A man walks on a flooded street during the passage of Hurricane Irma in Havana

A man walks on a flooded street during the passage of Hurricane Irma in Havana

Third, Antigua has experienced many hurricanes since the early 1990's, the outcome of which has been higher codes for buildings and more awareness among the population of the need to take precautions. His presence on Barbuda and the fact that he could personally give comfort and hope to the traumatised, bewildered and desperate people was decisive and invaluable. All told, the damage could cost more than $100 million, according to Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda.

He connected with and became good friends with Bishop Charlesworth Browne, pastor of the country's Christian Ministries Centre.

Antigua and Barbuda has largely avoided the food shortages and looting that has occurred in other Caribbean islands, like St Martin, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

"Clearly, this is a very hard time for Antigua and Barbuda and we are very appreciative of the support and, certainly, all of the pledges that will be made", he added.

So the charitable organization behind Spirit FM, Total Change Ministries, made a decision to take action. Barbuda is not just a disaster, it's a humanitarian crisis.

Barbuda's relocated residents are now living in cramped conditions in Antingua's government buildings and nursing homes.

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Somerville says that miraculously, Antigua was largely spared, suffering some heavy winds but getting back to normal within 24 hours.

"I feel a responsibility to help everyone, to get everything up and running", De Niro said. It's planning to use unmanned aerial vehicles to help assess what's needed for rebuilding Barbuda.

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday toured several hurricane- devastated islands and said an global donors conference will be convened to mobilise the "significant resources" required for the recovery effort.

"I'm anxious about them because that's my livelihood", he said. "It could be clothes, they've lost everything".

But, he added, his dedication to the island goes beyond ensuring his venture moves forward.

The images released by NASA were captured by the Landsat 8 satellite before and after the storm hit in Barbuda and Saint Barthélemy. Of course, others helped - initially the Red Cross and then the emergency services of a few countries and hemispheric agencies.

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"Barbuda is just a small place".

If global assistance is not forthcoming, Sanders said, Antigua and Barbuda will marshal the resources it has. "That's my concern, that it will tend to be forgotten". Hence, unlike the British, US and French Islands, Antigua was prepared to deal with the evacuees from Barbuda who increased Antigua's population by 3 per cent overnight with all the demand for government services that such an increase entails. It's the people with less means, they won't have insurance and all that.

"We're told that they want a proper assessment done of the island", said Travis Harvey from AeroVision.

Pets and livestock also have been left to fend for themselves on the wind-swept island.

The magnitude of devastation following a hurricane may not be fully realized from the ground.

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