September 7, 2017 / 8:20 AM / 10 months ago

Dutch navy says "enormous damage" on Dutch side of Saint Martin island

AMSTERDAM, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma has caused “enormous damage” to the Dutch side of the Caribbean island Saint Martin, the Dutch Royal Navy said on Thursday.

The navy, which has two ships stationed off the coast of the Island, tweeted images gathered by helicopter showing damaged houses hotels and boats.

French authorities have counted at least eight dead on the French side of the island, but the Dutch government has yet to comment on any Dutch casualties.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Alison Williams

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