South Africans devastated by Hurricane Irma to get assistance

Storm damage is seen from the air after hurricane Irma passed Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, September 11, 2017. Picture taken September 11, 2017. Photo: Captain George Eatwell RM/Ministry of Defence handout via Reuters

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands - South Africans living on the British Virgin Islands will get assistance after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

Over 2, 000 are said to have lost most of their belongings in the powerful storm.

Irma swept across the North Atlantic Ocean, before making landfall in the US state of Florida.

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The South African government says it is working closely with the British Commonwealth Office to help those affected by the high winds and surge floods.

Five people died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma, local television reported on Wednesday.

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Mayor Barbara Sharief was quoted by WSVN TV as saying that three people died at the nursing home in Hollywood, north of Miami, and two more after they were taken to a hospital.

Some 120 residents of the facility have been evacuated "due to intense heat and no power," WSVN said.

The deaths, if confirmed as storm-related, would take the death toll in Florida from the hurricane to at least 17.

Additional reporting AFP

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