om Cuba to Antigua, Caribbean islands taking their first steps Monday to dig out from the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. The storm shredding through the tourist dependent region as a Category 5, leaving 28 people dead. It's devastation nearly cutting off some small islands from the rest of the world.
Dutch military arriving with supplies in St. Maarten, reports of looting prompting the Netherlands to boost its military presence to 500 soldiers by Monday.>> I see people with machete and people with cars, trucks just go. The police can't stop them. Because right now the looting is so crazy.
>> The Dutch Prime Minister saying security forces were authorized to act with a firm hand. Tourists and injured residents evacuated to nearby where the Dutch king arrived Monday. French aid workers arriving on the islands French side and nearby St. Bart's. Helping locals dig out from under the rubble and down power lines.
Branch president, Emmanuel Macron set to visit the region Tuesday. And in Puerto Rico, at least two giant aircraft arriving with medical equipment and supplies from California's Travis Air Force Base. Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, Reuters reporter Jorge Peneitas says local businesses are getting creative to help the storm-battered northern coast.
Where the damage is estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars.>> A brewery in the Dominican Republic will also bottle water to ship to some of the hardest hit areas in the country where Hurricane Irma caused some of the worst flooding and landslides. The country's most popular TV show will host a joint telethon to provide flooding relief to the people in poor villages along the Atlantic coast.
And they urge people to donate food and especially household items and blankets and mosquito nets.>> Britain which has been on the defensive amid accusations of responding too slowly to aid its islands flying out additional police to assist the military in Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.>> There have been unconfirmed reports of looting We want to make sure the islands are as secure as possible.
>> British billionaire Richard Branson, who sought refuge in the wine cellar of his home on Necker Island tweeting that the British Virgin Islands need a disaster recovery marshal plan, invoking the American initiative to aid Western Europe after World War II.