LIFE AFTER THE STORM
WHAT ARE THEY?
HURRICANE Irma has caused billions of pounds’ worth of damage and nearly destroyed some islands in the Caribbean, so the cleanup is going to be a huge task.
A lot of media attention focused on Irma’s path across Florida, but the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda was hit so hard that Gaston Browne, the prime minister, said that 90% of the island’s buildings are destroyed and 60% of the population of 1,600 is now homeless.
The Red Cross has launched an appeal to raise money for those in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Irma, and the UK Government has promised to match every pound donated.
IN recent weeks, hurricanes have devastated the Caribbean and Florida, causing billions of pounds’ worth of damage, killing dozens of people and making thousands homeless. But what are hurricanes and how do they form?
The cleanup has also begun in southeast Asia, where record monsoon rains killed more than 1,200 people. More than 41 million people in Nepal, India and Bangladesh have been affected, with hundreds of thousands of people losing their homes, crops and animals. Monsoon rains aren’t caused by hurricanes, but a seasonal shift in wind direction.
Although Hurricane Irma weakened as it approached Florida, it was still strong enough to tip over trucks