As if being hit by a hurricane isn’t enough for the small British Virgin Islands, reports are now coming in that some 120 prisoners have escaped the prison of Road Town, the capital of Tortola island. That prison houses some 200 inmates.
Mr Paul Exner, president of expedition firm Modern Geographic Sailing declared to British newspaper The Sun that the winds of the hurricane had blown the doors of the prison off and inmates were being kept under armed guard but they were not enough to secure everyone.
Britain’s Sky News heard from residents on the island that as many as 100 to 120 prisoners had made the audacious escape from prison.
A local told Sky news further that the island had been turned into an “apocalyptic wasteland.”
The Virgin Islands, which act as a big offshore centre for businesses, has been turned into chaos indeed. So far, 4 deaths have been reported.
The state of emergency has been declared as Irma cut through electricity and knocked out all communications infrastructure.
Consultancy house KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young and Deloitte were unable to provide an update to their British Virgin Island operations.
British businesses in the area apologized for the current situation and stated that normal operations would resume: “while we assess the situation and staff have the opportunity to address their personal circumstances.”
A resident of the British Virgin Islands, Ms Nathalie Drury told the Guardian newspaper: “We are all safe but in a state of shock. We desperately need help as soon as possible. Food, water, shelter. I’m extremely concerned about health and safety – there is sewage absolutely everywhere. We will grab anything of any value as looting has already begun. The town has been emptied, every shop has been looted.”
Ms Drury and her husband are staying with neighbours: “We now have 11 people, one baby and seven dogs.”