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Hurricane Irma: UK overseas territories not eligible for aid

Hurricane Irma: UK overseas territories not eligible for aid

Many of these territories do not receive overseas aid from the United Kingdom, the Lords committee said, but instead access the European Development Fund (EDF).

One Minister told the BBC because the emergency relief has to be funded by various budgets across government the funds come from "rather scanty resources".

Countries are given a ranking according to need, which is meant to ensure the poorest nations are given priority.

"But talking to you all, it is clear this place has been through an absolutely hellish experience, and it is no doubt at all that you need help with power generation, with getting the hospital back up and running, getting the airport back up and running, and schools properly set - all kinds of things need to be done".

The petition however needs to be widely publicized to compel the government to honour its obligations to British citizens affected by this disaster.

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"This was our primary focus and continues to be our priority".

He said the Government was in conversation with the OECD about making the rules on sending aid to incidents such as natural disasters more flexible.

"But for some time this government has felt that these rules are not flexible enough for the needs of the complex modern world, and we are in talks with the OECD about adjusting these rules".

"Our response was based on need alone".

I have started an online petition to help the victims of Hurricane Irma in the British Overseas Territories.

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UK Government will aid match public donations to the Red Cross appeal up to £3 million.

The government has made £2.5 million available to the Pan American Health Organisation to ensure critical health services are provided in the region, and to reduce the risk of disease spreading.

People can search a list of names or register their relatives' details, while individuals caught up in the hurricane can register as being "safe and well".

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will embark on a visit to the Caribbean islands battered by Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, on Tuesday, authorities announced.

He indicated the United Kingdom could be prepared to act alone if there was no agreement on changing the global rules.

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