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Fears growing for pregnant woman and sister who have not made contact with Suffolk family since Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda

PUBLISHED: 13:08 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:08 07 September 2017

A man surveys the wreckage on his property after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda, on Wednesday. Picture: AP Photo/Johnny Jno-Baptiste.

A man surveys the wreckage on his property after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda, on Wednesday. Picture: AP Photo/Johnny Jno-Baptiste.

Fears are growing for a pregnant British mum and her sister who have not made contact with their Suffolk family since Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean island of Barbuda.

In this GOES-13 satellite image released by NASA/NOAA GOES Project, Hurricane Irma tracks over Saint Martin and the Leeward Islands. Picture AP.In this GOES-13 satellite image released by NASA/NOAA GOES Project, Hurricane Irma tracks over Saint Martin and the Leeward Islands. Picture AP.

Ruth Bolton, from Badwell Ash, near Bury St Edmunds, says she has not heard from her, Afiya Frank, 27, and Asha Frank, 29, since the Category 5 storm devastated the island.

The pair were texting their family back in Suffolk and London up until 10.30pm last night, but they have not been heard from since.

Ms Bolton said Afiya was due to fly back to the UK next week to have her baby in November.

On a fundraising page started by Ms Bolton to raise money for the island following the hurricane, she said: “Please help Barbuda recover from Hurricane Irma.

“It was the most powerful hurricane in over a century. After 18 hours of no news from the island we are starting to worry that they will be forgotten.

“My family the Franks (sister and nieces) live there alongside 1,600 other Barbudans.

“It is the sister island to Antigua but very much left to it’s own devices. We don’t know what they need at the moment as we have had no news, but a satellite phone would be a start.

“If we can just help them be able to communicate with the outside world then that would be great.

“They will surely need other help, but this is a start and any money raised will be sent to Barbuda Council to spend on restoring the infrastrucure of the island. Thank you for reading this far. Any small amount would be gratefully received by the Barbudans.”

The GoFundMe page has already raised more than £4,000.


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