Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne disclosed at a news conference yesterday that 95 per cent of structures on the island of Barbuda have been destroyed and an infant is dead.
Following a visit by helicopter to the island following the passage of Hurricane Irma, Browne said he had witnessed the “heart-wrenching” sight of an island literally under water and barely habitable.
He said 60 per cent of the population (of 1,800 people) are homeless and should approaching Hurricane Jose pose a threat, residents will have to be evacuated.
Earlier, he said Antigua had been spared any significant damage, but later said the sister island of Barbuda had been “totally demolished” .
An official sought to explain that when the prime minister made his first statement, communication with Barbuda was impossible and it was not until later in the day, the extent of the devastation there became clear.