Priti Patel, International Development minister, said the government's response to the disaster had been "swift".
Authorities warned that the floodwaters could linger for more than a day, and there was as-yet uncalculated damage to sugarcane and banana fields in central Cuba and to northern cays studded with all-inclusive resorts, potentially dealing a major blow to the country's key tourism industry.
Mr Auger, who weathered the storm on the Caribbean island before being evacuated to Puerto Rico by USA military personnel, said that people had pulled together in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane.
The entrepreneur posted a video online showing how the storm has destroyed his British Virgin Islands home, with buildings blown away and trees ripped from the ground. The estimate includes damages to homes, vehicles and businesses - including operating losses - which are covered by the natural disaster compensation scheme, CCR said Saturday. Two people died in mudslides in the city of Xalapa in Veracruz state after it was battered by high winds and heavy rains. "We never had a storm wreak so much damage here". "The trees were shaking".
As Irma advanced over neighboring Ciego de Avila province, waves of between 16- and 23-foott waves (5 to 7 meters) were recorded.
Several of the deaths occurred in partial building collapses, state media said.
The US and British Virgin Islands were also pummeled by Irma. "With little to no internet capabilities, no electricity and running water, as well as communication challenges the residents have months and months of rebuilding ahead", Smith wrote.
It's winds are now at 130 miles per hour (215 km/h), weakened some over land, but the NHC expect it to strengthen once again when it distances itself from Cuba in route to Florida.
"We have been such a part of the Caribbean and South Florida communities for so many decades".
Britain has pledged £32 million (35 million euros, $42 million) in assistance and sent 10 flights of aid since Friday to its affected Caribbean territories, the British Virgin Islands and the Anguilla archipelago, with six people killed in the storm.
French President Emmanuel Macron is due to travel to St Martin later on Monday.
Hodge said: "In comparison to the French president who has set up an emergency fund, an emergency hotline and a reconstruction fund her response after the storm has passed is absolutely pathetic".
Fortunately, the region was spared additional damage this weekend, for Hurricane Jose only brushed some islands as it made its way north in the Atlantic. "The river that runs through the city is about to flood", she said. "When I got to this neighborhood, I cried".
A Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship was expected to dock near St. Martin to help in the aftermath, and a boat was bringing a 5-ton crane capable of unloading large shipping containers of aid.
Still, on Monday, blogger Manes on U.S. Virgin Island St. John reported the situation was improving, saying police were patrolling the streets and that a Navy ship had arrived to help.
Power was out and cellphone service was spotty in many regions as Irma neared the end of a 200-mile (320-km) trek westwards along the top of the island.
"Unfortunately, there are more victims to mourn", Rutte said. "We have spent the past two days visiting team members who live on Virgin Gorda and as many people as possible, distributing aid, water and supplies".
British billionaire Richard Branson called for a new "Marshall Plan" to help the Caribbean islands recover from the destruction of Hurricane Irma. Residents of St. Thomas are now being asked to call a reunification number operated by the American Red Cross. "But I will come back to Cuba. because the Cuban people are lovely".
Associated Press writer Andrea Rodriguez reported this story in Havana and AP writer Desmond Boylan reported from Caibarien, Cuba.