100 inmates have escaped after prison was destroyed by Hurricane Irma

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Nearly 500 British troops have been deployed to Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma as Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says the "relief operation is well under way".

Boris Johnson has spoken of Britain's "duty" to Caribbean islands hit by "hellish" Hurricane Irma on a visit to the devastated region.

The Government has sent nearly 1000 military personnel after more than half a million Britons found themselves in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Secretary of state for worldwide development Priti Patel said: "The overwhelming generosity of the United Kingdom public in times of crisis is one of the things that makes Britain truly great".

'It is absolutely disgraceful that it has taken the whole day for Priti Patel to respond to the worst hurricane we have seen in a British territory since the 1920s, ' she said.

The gift came as the Foreign Office confirmed that more than half a million British nationals and holiday makers were caught in the path of the mega-storm last week. In comparison to the French president, who has set up an emergency fund, an emergency hotline and a reconstruction fund, her response after the storm has passed is absolutely pathetic'.

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Sir Alan said Marines from RFA Mounts Bay were used to "protect the Governor and everything else about law and order" on Friday.

More than 100 detainees have escaped when Hurricane Irma unleashed its fury upon the British Virgin Islands.

The US Network is liaising closely with the US authorities to get British nationals to safety.

In addition to the military personnel, 47 British police officers have also arrived in the British Virgin Islands to assist local officers. 'And indeed, I can tell you the French have asked now for our assistance in helping to lift troops and material to some of their islands'. Returning from the latest of a series of emergency Cobra meetings, he said: 'This is just the beginning.

DFID is also working with agencies across the affected region to plan how to rebuild and reconstruct damaged areas.

Mr Johnson is expected to visit these British territories in the coming days.

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