Entire Island of Barbuda is Evacuated

Sep 15, 2017

For the first time in 300 years the Caribbean Island of Barbuda is uninhabited. All 1,800 residents have been evacuated to Antiqua where they are living in shelters. This is because Hurricane Irma has rendered the island uninhabitable. There is no electricity, no potable water, and most of the homes and businesses have been destroyed.

The evacuees include almost 500 school age children, and the island of Antiqua is struggling to find room in its schools for the children. Ambassador Ronald Sanders who represents both Antiqua and Barbuda in their embassy in the United States says that it may be years before the island is rebuilt.