Sarah Wescott-Williams

Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Oct 31 '17 11:40

The government of Sint Maarten decided to agree to the Netherlands' conditions for financing the reconstruction of the island following the destruction left by Hurricane Irma in September, BNR reports. The fund contains between 200 million and 300 million euros, according to the broadcaster.

Soldiers traveling from Curacao to Sint Maarten to provide support in aftermath of Hurricane Irma, 9 Sept 2017
Sep 11 '17 08:33

King Willem-Alexander will visit Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba on Monday to see the aftermath of Hurricane Irma with his own eyes, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said on Curacao on Sunday afternoon, ANP reports.

Plasterk spoke with the press after visiting patients at the Sint Elisabeth Hospital, who were flown to Curacao after the hurricane to get medical treatment. Before that he and the King visited the meteorological service in Curacao and the Parera naval center. 

People loot a battered store on Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 8 '17 09:40

In addition to the material destruction Hurricane Irma left in its wake, the island of Sint Maarten is now also dealing with looters carrying off whatever they can get their hands on, according to various news sources.

An eye witness told BNR on Friday morning that armed looters are working in organized groups to take as much as they can. Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations confirmed the looting, according to Financieele Dagblad. 

First plane lands at battered Princess Juliana Airport on Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 8 '17 08:26

The emergency aid for Sint Maarten is finally on its way after Hurricane Irma caused devastation on the island on Wednesday. A plane managed to land at the battered Princess Juliana International Airport and the first Dutch navy ship unloaded its emergency supplies.

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