Hell and High Wa­ter

Newsweek - - NEWS - ST. MARTIN

Philips­burg, St. Martin—an aerial pho­to­graph shows the dam­age Hur­ri­cane Irma in­flicted on this trop­i­cal is­land on Septem­ber 6. The storm slammed parts of the Caribbean, killing dozens, be­fore head­ing to­ward Florida. In the hur­ri­cane’s af­ter­math, food and wa­ter were scarce in St. Martin and other is­lands, where there was much chaos. The U.K., France and the Nether­lands re­sponded with aid, but all three coun­tries—which over­see ter­ri­to­ries in the re­gion—faced heavy crit­i­cism from those who felt their re­sponse was too slow. Jacques Char­bon­nier, a res­i­dent of St. Martin, told “Peo­ple are fight­ing in the streets for what is left.”

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