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Updates from the Caribbean continue to slowly trickle in as the extent of the devastation becomes more apparent. First, I finally managed to find a real update out of the Turks & Caicos Islands which suggests they fared about as badly as many of the other Caribbean islands which suffered a direct hit:
Hurricane Irma has caused extensive flooding and damaged many homes in the Turks and Caicos Islands southeast of The Bahamas.
Minister - Infrastructure - Goldray - Ewing - Damage
Minister of Infrastructure Goldray Ewing says damage on the most populated island of Providenciales will total at least half a billion dollars.
He says no one has yet been able to assess damage on Grand Turk and South Caicos islands.
Interview - Associated - Press - Ewing - Community
In an interview with The Associated Press, Ewing said that a community known as Blue Hill on the northwestern side of Providenciales is “gone” and that homes have been destroyed across the island.
The lack of concrete information from the Turks and Caicos is beginning to lead to some significant criticism from some islanders, as the government appears paralyzed and unwilling or unable to even make contact with the other islands in the country:
Day - Irma - Turks - Caicos - Government
Nearly a day after Irma hit Turks and Caicos, government officials and families still haven’t heard anything from Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay, hit directly by Irma’s eye. On Friday, a former premier of the county, Michael Misick, said it was “unacceptable” that the current premier and government hadn’t done an aerial survey of the hardest hit parts of the island.
“We don’t know the fate of our brothers and sister in those islands,” Misick said. “In Providenciales, it is unacceptable and unsafe that 12 hours after the storm has passed there has been no attempt to remove a single pole from the road. What are we waiting on to begin pumping the water off the road and...
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