A cell tower is crumpled on the island of Barbuda, after the passage of Hurricane Irma, 6 September 2017. Photo: Antigua/Barbuda Broadcasting Services

By Christopher Brennan
6 September 2017

(New York Daily News) – The island of Barbuda is “literally under water” and “barely habitable” after nearly all of its buildings were destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told a local ABS broadcaster that one baby had died and about 60% of the population of about 1,800 is now homeless after Irma bore down upon the eastern Caribbean.

The islands’ minister of foreign affairs reportedly told the network that more than 90% of buildings were destroyed by the Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds. […]

The estimated cost of rebuilding Barbuda is expected to be at least $150 million, the beginning of what could be a devastating impact from the storm that has hit Puerto Rico and is now moving towards the U.S. mainland. [more]

Island of Barbuda 'literally under water' after Hurricane Irma, prime minister says

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