Commentary: Is Britain providing enough support to its Caribbean territories a year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria…


Benito Wheatley is a Policy Fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Science and Policy and the former BVI Representative to the UK and EU

By Benito Wheatley

As the peak of the 2018 hurricane season progresses, Britain is on standby, as its Caribbean territories remain vulnerable after the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria a year earlier.

In the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos Islands, repairs on many homes and businesses are incomplete and works on wrecked infrastructure are still getting underway. Recovery from the two powerful Category 5 hurricanes is a challenge for these small societies.

In particular, Irma inflicted catastrophic damage on the British Virgin Islands, whose losses are estimated at more than $3 billion, three times…

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