French President Emmanuel Macron and British foreign secretary Boris Johnson are touring Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma. Jacob Greaves reports.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has landed in Anguilla to witness the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma. On the same plane more troops and aid. But he's touched down on the back of criticism that Britain hasn't done enough to help its overseas territories. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING; "We have every sympathy for the suffering of the people who have been hit by this extraordinary hurricane, the biggest in 150 years, but I think most fair-minded people, looking at the deployment that the UK has made, this is the biggest military deployment that we've seen since Libya, you've not got a thousand troops in the area, I think more than 50 police officers, more police officers coming in tonight, huge quantities of supplies coming in." The Caribbean island is one of three UK territories in Irma's path. Boris is also touring the British Virgin Islands. On Tuesday (September 12) more marines were sent to the area after over 100 "very serious" inmates escaped a local prison. One of the first tasks of British troops has been to restore order and prevent looting. But the bigger question is to what extent the UK will help rebuild its territories. With the UK government facing calls to spend more than the £32 million allocated. French President Emmanuel Macron has met a similar outcry over his country's response... Touring the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin Tuesday he acknowledged "legitimate" anger among residents (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "The situation is very critical. Now, public order is under control. What I want to do is to have a very fast recovery, so we are trying to fix the situation regarding health, education, access to water, energy and telecom." These visits by senior French, British and Dutch politicians an attempted show of support. Locals wonder how long the support will last, after they leave.