More Than 100 Inmate’s Escaped After Virgin Islands Prison Destroyed By Hurricane Irma

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Around 125 prisoners have escaped from a jail in the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irmadestroyed it, according to reports.

The deadly hurricane ravaged the island of Tortola, and people holed up in the disaster claim a prison on the island had been blown open.

There were up to 200 inmates at the prison in Road Town, and the exact number of escapees has not yet been confirmed.

Paul Exner, president of the expedition firm Modern Geographic Sailing, said inmates were kept under armed guard until being

“let go,”

according to The Sun.

Exner, who recorded a video from a car park of a hotel, said the island had turned into an

“apocalyptic wasteland.”

Electricity is completely down on Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, which was left destroyed by Irma on Wednesday.

A curfew has now been imposed on the island between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the hospital is doubling up as a shelter, though they are reportedly beyond capacity.

British police officers will be deployed along with almost 500 troops as part of the country’s efforts to step up support to the Caribbean islands.

The government announced a £32 million aid package after receiving harsh criticism of its response to the disaster.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced:

“The UK has just under 500 troops currently in the region.

This is made up of marines, engineers, and a number of medics and specialists, including Army and RAF personnel.

They have arrived on numerous flights that took off yesterday and today which have also brought aid and a Puma helicopter.”

While the island is reeling from Irma, they must also prepare for Hurricane Jose, which has almost hit Category 5 strength, with top winds of 155 mph.

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