At a news conference in the Pointe-a-Pitre airport before departing for St. Martin, Macron said the government's "top priority" was to help island residents return to normal life. Antigua, the larger of the two, was mostly spared by the storm.
Marlin said many countries and people have offered help to St. Maarten, but authorities are waiting on the weather conditions to see how this can be coordinated. Residents were overwhelmed by the damage and said recovery will take time.
Johnson will visit the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, both United Kingdom overseas territories which were badly damaged by the storm that made landfall in the region on September 6, reports BBC.
Once known for pink sandy beaches that attracted celebrities and royalty, the island of Barbuda is now a disaster zone.
The French President said he planned to go on a patrol in St. Martin on Tuesday night with French security forces to see for himself that law and order have been restored following reports of widespread looting. DOD will complete the evacuation of US citizens from St. Martin in the British Virgin Islands today, coordinate evacuation of USA citizens from other British Virgin Islands, and will provide humanitarian assistance - water, sanitation, logistics support, movement of disaster relief personnel, and humanitarian commodities movement - in response to State Department requests.
- U.S. Southern Command has coordinated the evacuation of 1,904 persons - including 35 foreign nationals - over the past three days. Mapp warned that arrests would be made if necessary.
In the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katia is making landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico.
As well as delivering emergency shelter kits, rations and water, Britain's ministry of defense said troops were working on re-establishing communications on the British Virgin Islands and clearing the runway to allow further aid to reach the islands.
Blondel Cluff, Anguilla's representative to the USA and the European Union, told CNN that 15,000 people were now stranded on the island and dependent on humanitarian aid for their basic needs. The storm's strong winds can rip away lush green tropical vegetation, leaving the satellite with a view of more bare ground.
In 2016, parts of the Bahamas, Cuba and Haiti were torn apart by hurricane Matthew - also a category 5 storm. Havana's downtown has become a major tourist draw in recent years, but decades of neglect have left many its buildings prone to collapse after even normal seasonal rains.
Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba's ruling Communist Party, reported extensive damage from coastal communities at the center of the island, in some cases with 90% of the homes destroyed. Homes, hotels, hospitals, marinas and airports were badly damaged and the extent of the chaos seemed to catch the wealthy nations off guard.
"(We're missing) gas for vehicles, diesel gas for generators, diesel gas for all the trucks and front loaders needed to clear the rubble". I am a very hard-working person who leaves nothing unfinished and halfway done.
Now, Kretschmer says, the focus is on clearing the roads - and providing food to those in need.