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Hurricane Irma: Barbudans tell of daring rescues and loss

05:04 Mon Sep 11, 2017


Taken from/By: BBC News
Report by: BBC News

Survivors of Hurricane Irma, which devastated the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda, have told tales of sheltering in cupboards as the winds tore the roof from their homes, death-defying escapes during the eye of the storm, miraculous rescues and heart-wrenching losses.

The island – once described by the late Princess Diana as the only place she could find peace – is today an expanse of rubble, its charming buildings and rustic surrounds little match for Hurricane Irma.

Almost apocalyptic in its devastation, the wrath of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Atlantic is evidenced in the smashed ruins of Barbuda’s candy-coloured homes, the hopeless faces of residents who have lost everything they own, and the haunted eyes of their children.

The smell of decaying animals hits us a few moments before we come across the bloated corpses of sheep, lambs and goats, akimbo and undignified, among a mangled mass of uprooted trees.



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