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Unlike a certain other island I could name, the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda aren’t sitting back and demanding someone else’s government rebuild everything for them:
Barbuda was the first place Hurricane Irma made landfall as the Category 5 storm devastated a string of islands in the Caribbean earlier this month. As of noon ET on Friday — 24 days after the storm destroyed much of the island — Barbuda’s evacuation order was officially lifted.
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Some residents were being allowed to return home this week, but health and waste management officials haven’t yet given the all-clear that the island is once again sufficiently habitable. Even before the evacuation order was lifted, construction and relief crews were working on the island. Some hotel owners were also allowed to return, to start preparing their properties to reopen.
Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the U.S., Ronald Sanders, says the evacuation meant that for the first time in 300 years, there’s been no one living on Barbuda full time.
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Citing the current lack of water and power on the island, Sanders added that while people will be allowed to go back on a voluntary basis, “it’s not a bed of roses.”
The damage Barbuda received was even worse than most of the other Caribbean nations. Almost all structures on the island were completely destroyed. The island’s hospital, the...
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