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No deaths have yet been reported on the tiny British island grouping.

The territory was pummelled by Hanna - then classified as a hurricane - for four days.

And Hurricane Ike brought horizontal sheets of rain and winds that tore through roofs.

Ike hit the islands as a Category Four storm with 135mph (215km/h) winds, damaging 80% of the houses on Grand Turk, home to about 2,500 of the islands' 22,000 residents.

Premier Michael Misick said people who had not taken refuge in shelters were cowering in cupboards and under stairwells "just holding on for life".

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7603749.stm

2- Barbados - Barbados PM wants region to assist hurricane victims

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson wants CARICOM countries to assist the countries that have been ravaged by the recent hurricanes. In fact, he said that the issue will be raised at Wednesday's meeting of Heads of Government summoned specifically to deal with the EPA agreement with the European Union.

Thompson said that he is saddened by the disaster and he said that the best way for Barbadians to give thanks for escaping the wrath of recent hurricanes is "By giving generously to those whose lives have been devastated," He added, "We must as a people dig into our pockets and resources and contribute generously to whatever fund or cause is established to aid our fellow Caribbean brothers and sisters." The Barbados Advocate reported that Thompson spoke of the disaster in Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, saying that he had been in contact with officials of those countries and it is clear that they need meaningful assistance. Thompson said he would prefer a regional response to hurricane relief efforts in affected states, as it was important for limited resources to be wisely utilised. He added that it makes "No sense for each sending the same things to countries affected." He said he will push his counterparts on Wednesday to discuss a common approach to the issue of relief so that each state can be assigned a particular area of responsibility.

Source: http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/news-10501--26-26--.html

3- Cuba - Ike heads for western Cuba, Gulf oil threat eases

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