Macron on his way to Hurricane ravaged St Martin

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Tourists would often cower beneath the blast of the jet engines

Adam Mukamal via Getty Images Tourists would often cower beneath the blast of the jet engines

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, is scheduled to fly to the island of Curacao on Sunday where he will inspect the coordination of relief efforts for the former colony of St Maarten following the passage of Hurricane Irma.

The French interior ministry said Irma had killed at least 10 people on the two islands.

Macron's government has defended its actions and has sent more than 1,000 troops, police and emergency workers to St. Martin and St. Barts in recent days.

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Earlier this week, as a powerful Category 5 Hurricane, Irma made its trek across the region and pummelled several Caribbean territories including Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands, leaving a trail of death and destruction. The French, British and Dutch governments sent warships, planes and security forces to keep order and deliver aid but some of that was slowed down further by Hurricane Jose, which passed north of the region over the weekend.

Collomb said the pillaging that hit St. Martin after Irma has stopped. Seven others were reported missing and 112 were wounded, according to official data.

The French government is defending its handling of hurricane preparations in the French Caribbean islands of St. Martin and St. Barts, after being criticized by opponents for not preparing enough and by locals who felt abandoned by authorities amid the devastation. "I have seen proper war as well as natural disasters before, but I've never seen anything like this".

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Long queues formed Monday at the airport on the Dutch side of the island as people waited to be evacuated.

"Even from the plane I saw something I have never seen before", the Dutch royal told the NOS public newscaster.

"It's been very useful to see for myself what bad damage this storm has done and in this way to also show the population of St. Martin and the governor and prime minister that we stand together here as a kingdom and that we will solve this together", he told reporters on the island.

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