Prime Minister of Barbuda says 90 per cent of buildings destroyed by Hurricane Irma

The Caribbean island of Barbuda has been almost entirely wiped out by Hurricane Irma, with “90 per cent” of all buildings destroyed.

The devastating news was confirmed by an emotional Prime Minister Gaston Browne to local TV and radio station ABS.

“It is a total devastation – Barbuda now is literally a rubble,” he said.

He also confirmed that tragically a child died after her mother tried to escape a damaged home.

Miraculously, this is believed to be the only death on an island with a population of around 1,600.

Just hours earlier, Mr Browne had put out a statement saying neighbouring island Antigua had “weathered the most powerful hurricane ever to storm its way through the Caribbean”.

Prime Minister Browne told ABS News: “The entire housing stock is damaged.”

“The cost to repair the infrastructure will be no less than 150 million dollars.

“Barbuda is barely habitable.

“At least 60 per cent of people are homeless, even where they are sheltering they are in damaged homes.”

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O lord jesus my prayers goes out to the people who got affected in that country

Omg ,my prayers are with you

Very sad!

it’s sad prayers for all who affected and in irma’s path

That’s so sad knowing you have no shelter from the elements, may God help you all in your time of trouble