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100 prisoners escape in British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A windowless Scotiabank building and damaged vehicles are surrounded by debries in the aftermath of Huricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands. Irma hit the counrty as a Category 5 Hurricane last week. – Contributed Photo

More than 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British junior minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine.

Junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told Parliament that there is a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the BVI.

Duncan said Royal Marines were deployed to cope with the threat but did not disclose how many prisoners had been recovered or how many were still at large.

The Daily Telegraph said notes from a cabinet meeting that were leaked to the press on Tuesday suggested as many as 60 had yet to be recaptured.