Thursday, 14 September 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reminded of Hiroshima on visit to Irma-hit Tortola



It took five hours for Irma to strip the trees of their leaves, snap the trunks like celery sticks, and winnow away the bark.
 
When the hurricane passed, she left behind an island once vivid with the primary colours of nature, a monochrome flat tan.


The storm forced itself through windows and under doors.


It gave rest while its eye passed over, and then returned to the attack from another direction finding weaknesses and tearing buildings from the inside out.


The result, as Boris Johnson the Foreign Secretary saw to his visible horror, was Tortola turned from paradise to a vision of the apocalypse.


No inch was spared the rage of the winds of 185 miles per hour.


Locals said they gusted to 200.


At those speeds and for that many hours, whole shipping containers were picked up like Lego bricks and tossed about by this malevolent child of climate change.


Dorothy Nibs and her husband Alvin are retired.


They lived in a typical Caribbean house of wood.


It had been painted pink and sat on a prime location a few yards from the lapping of the sea in the centre of Tortola's Road Town on Waterfront Drive.


When the storm struck they stayed in their home. It peeled off the roof until they were were clinging to the front door and watching the kitchen ceiling heave with every gust.


"Finally it flew off and then there was a deep, deep calm. We could escape then to our neighbours," said Alvin.


Boris Johnson visits Tortola





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