French president hopes for fast recovery after Hurricane Irma hits St. Martin

Hurricane Irma's Caribbean destruction

Macron's visit to the islands of St Martin and St Barts comes nearly a week since Hurricane Irma roared over the region as a maximum Category Five storm, leaving at least 10 dead on French territory and a wide trail of destruction.

This comes after the, then category five, hurricane made landfall last week.

Visiting French-controlled St Martin on Tuesday, Macron said the island must be rebuilt as a "model" to withstand future weather patterns.

But Macron, who is due to head home Wednesday, insisted that "it wouldn't have been possible to have had better anticipation".

Britain also has a landing ship in place on the British Virgin Islands to help bring in heavy equipment and the Royal Navy warship Ocean is on the way, though it won't arrive from Gibraltar for about 10 days.

Johnson told Anguilla governor Tim Foy Tuesday night that his visit is meant to show the U.K.'s commitment.

On Monday the Foreign Office tweeted a quote attributed to Johnson: "We will come with a recovery plan for these islands and help them restore their financial services and tourism". He was set to travel on to Sint Eustatius, which suffered severe damage.

As for the Dutch side, the Dutch Red Cross described it as a "race against time to get the relief to the affected area".

Dutch Maj. Gen. Richard Oppelaar said 200 tons of aid had been delivered, while 750 people have been evacuated from Sint Maarten.

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"It's good to have a drink, laugh and think about other things", Tchuisseu said.

There are just under 500 troops now in the region, made up of marines, engineers, medics and specialists, including Army and Royal Air Force personnel, the Foreign Office said.

France's Caisse Centrale de Reassurance, a state-owned reinsurance group, said Irma would go down as one of the most damaging disasters in decades on French territory.

To provide some immediate supplies of fresh water, the U.S.is sending two mobile desalinization plants shortly to the island to supply fresh water, he said.

She told the publication that after contacting the USA embassy, they were given a list of hotels on the island that still had power. She said locals had welcomed her into their house and gave her food and a sofa to sleep on.

But the French government has claimed it is far more hard to arrange evacuation from islands than it is on a mainland where people can use their own vehicles to drive to safety.

"What we have seen today are people determined to rebuild and return to a normal life", Macron said at a news conference.

Citizens and some news sources are reporting that the island of St Martin/St Maarten is on the verge of a civil war as organized gangs armed with machetes raid stores and homes, leaving some residents in fear for their lives.

A spokesman for his airline, Virgin Atlantic, told CNN that Virgin had "restarted flights to and from Antigua, and we're also taking essential aid on those flights for the island and wider BVI [British Virgin Islands] region". No one fully realises what's going on right now - it's the apocalypse here.

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