British Army Commandos take part in recovery efforts after hurricane Irma passed Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, September 11, 2017. Picture taken September 11, 2017. LPhot Joel Rouse/Ministry of Defense handout via REUTERS
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Over 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British junior minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine.Duncan said Royal Marines were deployed to cope with the threat but did not disclose how many prisoners had been recovered or how many were still at large.Dutch authorities denied rumors on Saturday that dozens of prisoners had escaped after a prison collapsed on the Dutch side of Saint Martin -- known as Sint Maarten.The Dutch interior ministry confirmed that the prison at Point Blanche, which has about 130 prisoners, had been badly damaged by Irma, but said Dutch troops were quickly sent to guard it.
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