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UK declares emergency in storm-hit Virgin Islands, sends aid

Britain is sending two military transport planes to the Caribbean on Friday to aid victims of Hurricane Irma as the British Virgin Islands declared a state of emergency. Two planes loaded with "personnel, supplies and recovery equipment" were to set off on Friday, with one heading to the British Virgin Islands, an archipelago with around 28,000 inhabitants that was subjected to the full force of the mega-storm, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.
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