NASA Photos Show How Caribbean Islands Changed Color After Hurricane Irma

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

Special measures have been taken in Barbuda, as the island was completely devastated by the storm, while the next hurricane on the list, Jose, may be on its way.

In his message dated Wednesday, Li expressed profound condolences to the victims of Hurricane Irma and extended honest sympathy to the injured and the bereaved families. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage.

As recently reported, Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda did a fly over of the island after the storm, but since being able to get feet on the ground, the damage from Hurricane Irma was worse than first estimated.

"The damage is complete", Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to the U.S, told PRI.

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Antigua escaped damage from the monster storm, allowing it to absorb Barbuda's population. Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua is located 28 miles to the north. "So there is a very strong feeling that Barbuda is their homeland and yes they will want to go back to Barbuda". That's where their ancestors are buried.

As the evacuation was underway, Browne told the BBC that a fast rebuild and recovery operation on the island was unlikely to happen. Worldwide humanitarian help is needed in the "mammoth task", Sanders said, adding that the small island community can't rebuild without such assistance. This is going to take a while. "We are committed to helping Barbudans rebuild after the devastation caused by Irma, and this will be an important step forward", said Vanessa Slowey, CEO of Digicel, Caribbean and Central America.

CNN quoted Sanders as saying Barbuda relies on tourism to survive, but in the meantime Antigua is still available for tourism.

The key to rebuilding is to make sure all of the structures, "can withstand hurricane forces of the kind and magnitude we've seen because we believe climate change is here to stay", Sanders said. The island has no running water, power, or communication services. "You stand in that water up to your neck and you can look down and see your toes", he said.

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