Hurricane Irma kills 9

By: Bisola Bello September 7, 2017
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Death toll of Hurricane Irma has risen to nine and is still expected to rise.

The category five hurricane has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble.

It is currently north-east of the Dominican Republic, heading towards Turks and Caicos.

It is the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, with sustained wind speeds of 285km/h (180mph).

Hurricane Irma first hit the dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. At least one death, of a child, was reported on Barbuda, where Prime Minister Gaston Browne said about 95% of the buildings had suffered some damage.

The small island of Barbuda is said to be “barely habitable”. Officials warn that Saint Martin is almost destroyed, and the death toll is likely to rise.



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