DAILY MAIL ONLINE – JENNIFER SMITH AND JULIAN ROBINSON
Worrying reports of erupting violence have emerged from St Maarten, the southern half of the Caribbean Island it shares with St Martin, in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Several people who are stranded on the island say looters have begun raiding hotel rooms and homes to profit from the natural disaster.One woman claimed they attacked US and British tourists who became stranded when say some who have spoken to relatives on the island.
Troops were called in on Friday to offset the problem.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned the situation was already ‘serious’ and made worse by communication problems after 185mph Irma laid waste to infrastructure.
Witnesses on the Dutch side of the island say people are roaming the streets armed with ‘revolvers and machetes’ while Rutte said most people are surviving without power and running water.
Extra troops and police are arriving on the southern part of the island, which is shared between France and the Netherlands, and part of their job is to help keep order, officials said.
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