Hurricane IRMA: Antigua and Barbuda

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Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 60% of the population of around 1,400 people left homeless.

One person - a two-year-old child - is confirmed to have died in the storm. Michael Joseph, president of the Red Cross in Antigua and Barbuda said:

The devastation is not like we've ever seen before - we're talking about the whole country ... of Barbuda being significantly destroyed.

Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years. Some residents are expected to be evacuated to the larger sister island of Antigua - where damage was less severe - as part of relief efforts and ahead of the prospective arrival of Hurricane Jose this weekend.