colossal damage

With regard to Saint Martin, Irma is one of the three most destructive cyclones of the last hundred years. The others are Donna (1960) and Luis (1995).

In the French part of the island, the official toll is eleven dead and fifty wounded.

After his visit, the president of the territorial council of Saint-Martin, Daniel Gibbs, declared that 95% of the island was destroyed. It is the costliest natural disaster in the history of France, with damage estimated at 2.5 billion euros, in Saint-Martin alone.

Today, the community believes that “65% to 70%” of the island was rebuilt.


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