(CNN)European governments stepped up their support for their territories and former colonies in the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Irma last week, with the French President and the King of the Netherlands both traveling to the region.
European leaders step up Irma relief effort in Caribbean
Emmanuel Macron will leave Monday night for the Caribbean island of St. Martin to show his support for the relief effort, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Sunday.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander has already arrived in Curacao where he visited injured evacuees, and is scheduled to visit St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba on Monday, Karel van Oosterom, the Dutch permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a tweet.
On Sunday British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a £32 million ($42 million) relief fund to support the humanitarian effort. The UK government is also matching all public donations made to the British Red Cross appeal.
Blondel Cluff, Anguilla's representative to the US and the EU, told CNN that 15,000 people were currently stranded on the island and dependent on humanitarian aid for their basic needs. She said 90% of homes on Anguilla were damaged.
"We have had some help from the Americans but they of course have their own problems. That's the problem, everyone has their own problems at the moment," Cluff said.
Cluff dismissed criticism in the UK media of the British government's support for its overseas territories, where there were no evacuations despite the warnings.
"We have had a swift response from Britain and we are extremely grateful for it," she told CNN. "This is a long game now. It's not about putting us on intravenous care for 20 years but getting us to be able to stand on our own two feet again and have a proper grown-up relationship."
The Foreign Office said in a statement a team of British humanitarian experts has been in the region for a week working with authorities and directing the humanitarian response.
There are just under 500 troops currently in the region, made up of marines, engineers, medics and specialists, including Army and Royal Air Force personnel, the Foreign Office said.
"We continue to work flat out to help the peopl