Hurricane Irma: nine dead, seven missing in French Caribbean islands

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As hurricane Irma moves north-west towards Cuba and the Bahamas, the French authorities said the death toll had risen to at least nine people with another seven missing on the devastated islands of Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin, with an estimated 80,000 left homeless on Saint Martin, where the French overseas territories minister Annick Girardin said she had witnessed looting.

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The Netherlands is sending more forces to contain "serious" post-storm looting on the island of St Martin as Hurricane Irma leaves a trail of destruction, reports BBC News.