"We felt the full force of the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean".
"You can not but be affected by the scale of the devastation the people of Anguilla have endured".
A former UK EU representative for the government of Anguilla, Dorothea Hodge, told The Guardian that "It's absolutely disgraceful that it has taken the whole day for Priti Patel [Development Secretary] to respond to the worst hurricane we have seen in a British territory since the 1920s".
"That's going to be short-term work - what we need to think about now is how as the United Kingdom we can underline our commitment to these overseas territories to get them back on their feet for the long term".
But one former Anguilla government official said the long-term planning should have been in place beforehand, particularly as forecasters had warned of "unprecedented" weather. Others said Dutch and French governments, who also have Caribbean territories, prepared more adequately for the storm. She left Tortola before Hurricane Irma hit the island. "It's turning really nasty", she told the Press Association news agency.
"I am talking about real capital infrastructure development by the British Government". Further advisors are expected to arrive across the islands in the coming days.
Over 100 high-risk inmates escaped a British Virgin Islands prison after it was partially destroyed by Hurricane Irma, according to a British junior minister Tuesday.
Nine people were killed in the British territories in the hurricane out of a total of at least 50 dead in the region.
He said that more than 500,000 British nationals have been in the path of the hurricane and that 997 British military personnel are now in the Caribbean helping with the relief effort.
So far, some 900 United Kingdom troops, 50 police and over 20 tonnes of aid have been sent to the Caribbean islands devastated by last week's hurricane - the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade.
HMS Ocean has been loaded 5,000 hygiene kits, 10,000 buckets and 500,000 aquatabs, all United Kingdom aid funded.