Published:  12:13 AM, 13 September 2017

Macron visits hurricane-hit Caribbean

Macron visits hurricane-hit Caribbean People explore storm surge flood waters from Hurricane Irma along the St. Johns River at Memorial Park on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Florida. -AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron traveled Tuesday to the hurricane-hit Caribbean, to join the Dutch king who has expressed shock over the devastation on the worst-hit territories. Macron's visit to the islands of St Martin and St Barts comes almost a week since hurricane Irma roared over the region as a maximum Category Five storm, leaving at least 10 dead on French territory and a wide trail of destruction.

Authorities have begun evacuating locals and tourists from the hardest-hit French, British and Dutch territories in the Caribbean where many have complained about a breakdown in law and order and widespread shortages of food, water and electricity.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander spent a night on the Dutch side of the divided island of St Martin on Monday and will travel on to other territories that bore the brunt of one of the most powerful storms on record.

Even from the plane I saw something I have never seen before, the Dutch royal told the NOS public newscaster. I have seen proper war as well as natural disasters before, but I've never seen anything like this. Everywhere you look there's devastation, you see the collapse, he added.

-AP, Marigot

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