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Hurricane Irma causes 'total devastation' in the Caribbean

FLOOD: Cars sit on a flooded street on the island of Saint-Martin

HURRICANE IRMA a has wreaked havoc across the Caribbean, flattening buildings and killing at least seven people, the Evening Standard reports.

A two-year-old child was among those who have died in the storm, which smashed into a string of islands and left Barbuda left "uninhabitable".

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said whole islands were reduced to rubble, adding: "It is just a total devastation".

St Martin local official Daniel Gibbs described the storm as an “enormous catastrophe” for the island.

Hurricane Irma, the largest storm ever to form in the Atlantic Ocean, is on a collision course with southern Florida and could hit the US state this weekend.

Winds measuring 185 mph winds blasted the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rica and a chain of Caribbean Islands on Wednesday.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK is "taking swift action to respond" to the disaster after speaking to the chief minister of Anguilla, a British overseas territory that was among the first islands to be hit.

A British naval ship has been deployed to help deal with the aftermath with 40 Royal Marines on board, as well as army engineers and equipment, as authorities struggle to bring aid to smaller islands.

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