St. Maarten flattened after monster Irma

PHILIPSBURG--Monster Hurricane Irma slammed into St. Maarten/St. Martin leaving in her wake devastation, chaos, homelessness and looting. Residents are in desperate need of water and food.
So far some 43 varying levels of injuries have been treated at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC). The only confirmed death on the Dutch side so far was reported by her aunt on facebook, but there are more reports of casualties.
Communication to the outside world is extremely limited with radio and mobile phone networks wiped out. St. Maarten Telephone Company TelEm is the only provider able to restore some connectivity of phone and internet.
There is no electricity, except for those with generators. Utilities company GEBE’s offices and its power plant were partially demolished by the force of the wind.
The Dutch Marines and local law enforcement are on the streets but were not sufficient in number to stem looting and keep general public order. A number of people have been arrested for looting.
The first batch of post-Irma Dutch Marine reinforcements arrived earlier on Thursday via plane from Curaçao to support those already stationed here.
The number is expected to increase of over the coming days.
National carrier Windward Islands Airways International Winair has sustained paralysing losses, although they did move their planes elsewhere in the region. This makes air connections to St. Eustatius and Saba from St. Maarten non-existent.

Police St. Maarten ready for aftermath hurricane Maria

PHILIPSBURG--As the island is awaiting the passing of hurricane Maria out of the area, the public needs to be aware of the fact that the Sint Maarten Police Force, the Marines, together with the other law enforcement organizations on the island, will enforce a zero-tolerance policy related to the curfew, according to a police press release issued on Tuesday.

Orkaan Maria bij Bovenwindse eilanden

Momenteel (17.00 uur Nederlandse tijd) kondigt orkaan Maria zich al aan op de eilanden. Het regent en het begint te waaien. Maria beweegt boven de Atlantische Oceaan naar het westen en ontwikkelt zich tot een orkaan in de categorie 5 (dezelfde categorie als Irma).

Curfew goes in effect on St. Maarten for hurricane Maria on Monday at 7 PM

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister William Marlin together with the Emergency Operation center (EOC) makes it known as of Monday evening, September 18th at 7 PM a CURFEW will go in to effect until the passing of the Hurricane Maria and a damage assessment has been completed.
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