- Title: Britain stepping up aid to territories struck by Hurricane Irma - Johnson
- Date: 7th September 2017
- Summary: TALLINN, ESTONIA (SEPTEMBER 7, 2017) (REUTERS) BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON WALKING PAST (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "I spoke last night to the chief minister of Anguilla and offered our condolences for the loss of life, the damage that has been sustained in his country and of course we've been in continual contact with those in the British Virgin Islands. I want to stress that this has been a very, very severe hurricane but we are responding with all the means at our disposal. Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the ship (RFA) Mounts Bay is in the region with humanitarian supplies, we have experts on hand in the region and we are now stepping up our effort both financial and humanitarian to deal with the crisis as it unfolds." JOHNSON WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 21st September 2017 13:04
- Keywords: Storm Irma Boris Johnson response
- Location: TALLINN, ESTONIA
- City: TALLINN, ESTONIA
- Country: Estonia
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA0016XLLSG7
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- Story Text: Britain is stepping up financial and humanitarian aid to help overseas territories hit by Hurricane Irma, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday (September 7).
One of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century has wreaked devastation on islands in the Caribbean and is now taking aim at Florida, becoming the second major hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in as many weeks after Hurricane Harvey.
The British government has been criticised for its response to help people in Anguilla in the northeast Caribbean, where at least one person has been reported dead.
Speaking to reporters at an informal EU foreign ministers meeting in the Estonian capital Tallinn, Johnson said the government was responding "with all the means at our disposal".
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