Macron visits French territory of St Martin over Hurricane Irma

Officials reported looting on the Caribbean island of St. Martin after Hurricane Irma knocked out power and communication lines and badly damaged the island's only airport, which is expected to be shut down for the next week.

Macron while speaking in Guadeloupe earlier said, "government began preparing one of the biggest airlifts since World War II" days before Irma hit last Wednesday.

"What we have seen today are people determined to rebuild and return to a normal life", Macron said at a news conference.

Basic services in the region were lost after Irma, weakening law and order, and looting erupted on some islands.

On the island of Barbuda, the government estimates 95 percent of buildings were damaged. "We have not received any food or water".

The president is also being accompanied by doctors and experts who will be in charge of evaluating the damage. About 1,500 troops, police and emergency workers are now on the ground and some 500 others were expected to arrive in the coming days, according to French authorities.

"We're as French as anyone". "There is a unusual mood at the moment in Saint-Martin, so we need to think about public order".

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said afterward that Macron will bring aid on his plane and that the "whole government is mobilized" to help the islanders.

"I was out this morning and this afternoon and there was looting right there in front of my eyes", Ms. Girardin said, according to the BBC. "Every single floor was completely dismantled, so it's really luck of the draw that we picked the hotel that we did". Norwegian Cruise Line turned a cruise ship into an ad-hoc rescue boat, sending a ship with 10 restaurants, a spa and a casino to evacuate 2,000 tourists from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. "There are only whites on the boat". Philippe insisted on Monday that the only people being prioritised were the most vulnerable.

Johnson said it was not possible to be unaffected by the hardship he witnessed on Anguilla.

The French government has said it would take at least three months for water distribution to normalize. Billionaire investor Richard Branson, who stayed at his home on private Necker Island during the storm, said other houses on the island have disappeared and the area is "completely and utterly devastated".

Schools are made a priority in the French aid plan.

"Some people steal luxury things and booze, but a lot of people are stealing water and biscuits", said Paul De Windt, a newspaper publisher in St. Martin, to the Times.

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