Hurricane Irma: storm batters Bahamas as Florida evacuates

The estimated death toll from the storm varies. Reuters reckons that at least 19 people have been killed.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said that nine people were killed and at least seven were missing after the hurricane crashed into France’s Caribbean islands of St. Martin and St Barts.

“One hundred and twelve people were injured,” Collomb said, adding there could be more victims.

Four people died in the US Virgin islands, a government spokesman said, and a major hospital was badly damaged by the wind. A US amphibious assault ship arrived in the US Virgin Islands on Thursday and sent helicopters for medical evacuations from the destroyed hospital.

A man was reported missing after trying to cross a river in Cerca La Source in Haiti’s Central Plateau region.

 

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