Mass evacuations are gathering pace from islands hit by Hurricane Irma. Residents and tourists trapped on St Martin broke down in tears as they prepared to board planes to leave the island.

Mass evacuations are gathering pace from islands hit by Hurricane Irma. Residents and tourists trapped on St Martin broke down in tears as they prepared to board planes to leave the island.

Desperate residents on St Martin have been seen brawling over remaining scraps of food left on the island

The regional police chief said a gang of 600 ‘local delinquents’ were responsible for large scale looting

Exhausted tourists pictured breaking down in tears as they prepare to board evacuation flights from island  

People trapped on the island have described the ‘biblical-scale destruction’ as relief efforts gather pace today

Islanders are taking matters into their own hands, arming themselves with machetes to defend themselves 

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to fly to the Caribbean to visit British territories devastated by Irma 

British Cabinet Briefing document suggests 40 ‘high risk’ prisoners are on the loose in the British Virgin Isles 

Authorities confirmed 10 people had been killed on Cuba bringing the death toll to at least 34 in Caribbean

More than 100 ‘high risk’ prisoners escaped on the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma and around 40 are still on the run on Tuesday, according to a leaked government document.

There have been widespread reports of looting on one of the islands, Tortola, after inmates broke out of a jail amid chaos during the 185mph storm.

Photos of a British Cabinet Briefing paper have now revealed that officials are attempting to ‘secure the transfer of the prisoners’ to the island of St Lucia.

It comes as pictures emerged of exhausted tourists being evacuated from the Dutch-French island of St Martin as part of a major international relief effort.

Starving residents on the island have resorted to fighting each other for food while tourists queued at the airport and wept with relief as they were being evacuated from the ‘biblical-scale destruction’. Hundreds of holidaymakers are still trying to leave, with dozens lining up outside the Princess Juliana Airport, which was left in ruins in the storm.

There have been reports of people arming themselves with machetes to defend themselves on the island while one soldier said he was stopping attempted lootings every ten minutes.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is set to fly to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla ‘in the coming days’ as part of a visit to British territories devastated by the storm.

French and Dutch police have sent extra police to St Martin to help contain looting on the island.

One resident, Jacques Charbonnier, said ‘all the food is gone now’ and revealed ‘people are fighting in the streets for what is left’, the Independent reports.

Another, 70-year-old Germania Perez, said: ‘There’s no food here. There’s no water here.’

Help was making its way to the island today, from the Dutch and French governments, other nations and private organisations. A French military ship with supplies was due to arrive today, coinciding with a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron.

But as foreigners rushed to leave the island, some of those staying behind are still seeking meals and something to drink.

‘We need water and food. It’s not a ‘maybe.’ It’s a ‘for sure,” said Phillip King, a 53-year-old tour bus driver. ‘My job is done right now. It’s gone for a long time.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail