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Prime Minister Theresa May upped Britain's Hurricane Irma aid package on Thursday to £32million.Fallon said the UK will also be sending 'a task group of several hundred troops, marines, engineers and additional helicopters.'Two Puma helicopters will fly to the worst-hit British territory, Anguilla, as soon as a functioning landing strip is found.
When you look at our island at the moment you would think that it just suffered nuclear bomb devastation.' Discussing the British response, she said: 'While we understand that these things take time, I personally am very disappointed.The HMS Ocean is leaving its NATO duties in the Mediterranean to head for the Caribbean - a journey that will take ten days to two weeks.Two military transport planes loaded with 'personnel, supplies and recovery equipment' set off for the Caribbean this morning - with one heading for the British Virgin Islands.Ms Hodge told the Guardian: 'It's absolutely disgraceful that it has taken the whole day for Priti Patel to respond to the worst hurricane we have seen in a British territory since the 1920s.'In comparison to the French president who has set up an emergency fund, an emergency hotline and a reconstruction fund her response after the storm has passed is absolutely pathetic.'Yesterday, international development secretary Ms Patel said three UK humanitarian experts and a British naval ship would be sent to the region.But Josephine Gumbs-Connor, who is a lawyer on British-owned Anguilla, told BBC Radio 4 on Thursday that the response from the UK has been 'sorely lacking'.