Hurricane IRMA: St Martin and St Barts

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The French part of the island (the southern side, St Maarten, is administered by the Netherlands) was "95% destroyed", according to Daniel Gibb, a local official, who called it "an enormous catastrophe":

I have sick people to evacuate, I have a population to evacuate because I don't know where I can shelter them.

At least six people were killed in St Martin, according to Guadeloupe prefect Eric Maire.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, earlier said he expected Irma-related damage to St Martin and another French overseas collectivity, Saint Barthélemy (St Barts) would be "considerable". France's overseas minister, Annick Girardin, was travelling to the Caribbean with emergency teams and supplies.

The Netherlands has sent marines to St Maarten, the Dutch part of the island, where extensive damage and destruction - but so far no deaths - have been reported.