A huge rebuilding challenge awaits the Caribbean

The Caribbean islanders from Cuba to Antigua have already started counting the cost of the devastation caused by hurricane Irma on Sunday after the killer storm left a huge trail of death chaos and destruction. The islanders are expecting that this region of the Caribbean that is completely dependent on tourists could take a number of years to recover. The killer storm is believed to have killed about 28 people across the region devastating almost everything with no mercy to housing, communications and power supplies which made the island simply cut off from the rest of the world. The estimated cost of the total damage is expected to amount to a total of billions of dollars.

The poor islanders took cover in any place they found because of the killer hurricane, Irma tore off the roofs of buildings, killed livestock flipped cars causing widespread devastation from the Leeward Island across Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, then into Cuba before attacking Florida. Waves of around 11 feet smashed homes and businesses along the sea in the Cuban capital city of Havana on Sunday morning. Going further eastward, the high-intensity winds devastated Varadero which is the most important tourist resort of the island. Osmel de Armas who works as an aquatic photographer on the beach at the devastated resort said that it was just a complete disaster and it would take a lot of time and hefty work to make Varadero back to what it once was again.

The hotels that are located in the front of the sea in Havana were all evacuated and rescue workers spent the whole night rescuing people from their homes in the center of the city since the sea penetrated to unbelievable depths in the area that is prone to flooding. Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America issued a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday where the killer storm has killed 3 people and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity. Donald Trump also expanded federal funds that were available to the US Virgin Islands which suffered extreme damage in terms of homes and infrastructure. Moving further eastward in the Caribbean, the killer storm battered the islands of Barbuda and St. Martin where people began to emerge out of the shelters to the devastated areas after the storm weakened.

January 16, 2022 - 03:30
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