What it’s like in Barbuda, the island ripped apart by Irma and forgotten by the world

Barbuda’s once charming surrounds are today ghostly quiet, the devastated ruins of its colourful homes and the absence of its 1,800 residents a galling testimony to the wrath of Hurricane Irma.

The monster category 5 hurricane which swept through here last Wednesday has transformed the idyllic isle – a former haunt of the late Princess Diana – into a ghastly, apocalyptic scene.

The only remaining inhabitants are the abandoned dogs and livestock left behind as islanders fled to escape the path of Hurricane Jose still making its way through the Caribbean.

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