News 13 september — 10:00

France, UK and Netherlands step up response


European countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response,BBC reports.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge "airlift" was bringing more aid.

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is due in the Caribbean and Dutch King Willem-Alexander spent the night there.

Irma killed at least 23 people in the three countries' overseas territories.

The victims include 10 dead on the French island of Saint Barthélémy and on the French part of Saint Martin - which is shared with the Netherlands.

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