Hurricane Jose: Surviving Barbuda Residents Forced to Evacuate
With at least 95% of buildings destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the tiny island of Barbuda has been declared “barely habitable.” Now, residents are being forced to move.
The government of Antigua and Barbuda has today ordered a mandatory evacuation, and has organized transportation for Barbuda residents to to go to neighboring island Antigua to wait out Hurricane Jose, which has strengthened to category 4 and is expected to make impact in the northern Leeward Islands by Saturday.
Steadroy Benjamin, Attorney General and Minister of Public Security of Antigua and Barbuda, said that housing will be provided for all evacuees.
He went on to caution, however, that “anyone who fails to comply with this [evacuation] order will be in breach of law and will be subject to be met with the fullest extent of the law.” The evacuations were scheduled to be completed by 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Over a dozen residents of the island of Barbuda have reportedly died in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
By: Danielle Dixon
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