Faces of the missing: British Virgin Islands declares state of emergency as ‘thousands’ are unaccounted for and ’25 dead’ after Irma – as desperate expats brace for Hurricane Jose

Friday, September 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

Families across British Virgin Islands have been making desperate appeals in the search for their loved ones
Included among the missing are two families – the Bushoffs and the Mosterts – who have not been heard from
There is also news coming from the island that up to 25 people have been killed by monster Hurricane Irma
It comes as the storm leaves a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, with at least 14 confirmed to be killed
Extensive damage has been reported on Barbuda and St Martin, with more than 90% of buildings damaged
Some 900,000 people are without power on Puerto Rico and at least 50,000 people are without water
The hurricane is expected to continue past eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida at the weekend
Red Cross said it is preparing for ‘a major humanitarian response’ as UN estimated 49 million will be affected
Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the Florida Keys and parts of Miami as the scale of the storm emerged

By Abigail Miller and Emily Crane
8 September 2017

These are just some of the people from the British Virgin Islands whose pictures have been shared on Facebook by friends and family who are desperate to find their loved ones after Hurricane Irma smashed into the Caribbean and laid waste to a paradise.

Dozens of desperate appeals have been made in the wake of the catastrophic storm as a state of emergency is declared and British aid begins arriving in planes and boats.

The island’s governor, Gus Jaspert, said there had been devastating damage and ‘reports of casualties and fatalities’.

He added: ‘I am truly heartbroken by this news. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.
‘May God bless and protect the territory and our people.’

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