>> French President Emmanuel Macron arriving in the Caribbean, visiting French territories devastated by Hurricane Irma. Meeting officials in Guadalupe he's brought along officials over seeing the aid efforts. That's after one of the most powerful storms in a century swept through the region killing at least 40 people. Macron promising a large-scale rebuild in the battered islands and says a return to normal life is the priority.
According to a provisional tally, Irma killed ten people on the French-speaking Saint Barthelemy and in the French part of Saint Martin. The other half of that Island run by the Netherlands. The Dutch territory has seeing four deaths and 70% of homes damaged or destroyed. Relief efforts for the region stepping up since Sunday with France and the Netherlands sending in military units.
Soldiers giving food and water to residents and helping them clear the damaged houses and streets. The Netherlands says it's deployed 550 soldiers. They're also helping to keep order, following reports of looting. The Dutch are evacuating hundreds of residents to the island of Nassau, while France is sending the most vulnerable people to near by Guadalupe.
Whose infrastructure was spared by the storm. The category 5 hurricane ravaged a series of other small islands in the North East Caribbean, including Barbuda, the US Virgin Islands, and the UK territories of the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos. British forces now delivering aid there, with foreign secretary Boris Johnson set to fly in to inspect relief efforts.
The financial impact on the tourist dependent region is not yet known, but the recovery process looks certain to be measured in years.