Hurricane Irma: Unicef appeals for international help for Caribbean islands

UNICEF Hurricane IrmaDamaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre on Cuba’s hurricane-ravaged northern coast. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

International community shouldn’t rely on Britain, France and the Netherlands alone to respond to disaster, organisation warns.

Unicef has called for the international community to offer more assistance to the devastated Caribbean islands following Hurricane Irma, saying governments around the world seemed to be relying on Britain, France and the Netherlands to respond to the disaster.

The powerful hurricane tore through the Caribbean islands last week, killing at least 34 people and flattening entire communities before wreaking destruction on the US state of Florida on Sunday.

Most of the Caribbean islands affected are overseas territories controlled by the United Kingdom, France, the US and the Netherlands. Read More>>