Hundreds of criminals armed with machetes and revolvers keep several Caribbean islands that suffered the devastation of Hurricane Irma, the British daily Daily Mail reported .
Facing the alarming increase in violence and robberies, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom reinforced the police and sent hundreds of troops to the places they govern to try to control the situation.
The United Kingdom deployed at least 500 Royal Navy troops and 50 police units in the Virgin Islands, where several prisoners escaped from jail and are believed to be armed.
And residents of the islands of Anguilla, Barbuda and San Bartolomé claim to be terrified by the wave of looting unleashed after the destruction caused by winds of up to 300 kilometers per hour.
On St. Martin Island, stranded tourists are stranded in their rooms for fear of a group of more than 600 looters breaking into hotels and homes. One of the soldiers in the area said that “every 10 minutes” faces an assailant.
Although France announced the shipment of another 500 agents to St. Martin, some residents chose to arm themselves in the face of the threat. In the center of Marigot, the capital of the French part of the island, many businesses remain closed after violent looting.