Boris Johnson compares Irma devastation to Hiroshima

Dozens of convicts who fled a prison in the British Virgin islands during Hurricane Irma are still on the run and have committed at least one rape, desperate locals say.

Hurricane survivors on the island of Tortola say they are living in fear of the 'high risk' inmates who have been looting at will since the storm hit almost a week ago.

Their plea comes after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the devastation 'really does remind me of pictures of Hiroshima' after visiting the island chain.

While he praised British troops on the ground for helping to restore law and order following the storm, he admitted 'a huge job' still lies ahead to repair damage the storm caused.  

 Dozens of 'high risk' detainees who escaped prison on the island of Totola (pictured) are still on the run as locals say they have committed at least one rape

 Dozens of 'high risk' detainees who escaped prison on the island of Totola (pictured) are still on the run as locals say they have committed at least one rape

Residents of the devastated island say the convicts have been looting at will and have even robbed people at gunpoint (pictured, a jet torn apart by Hurricane Irma)

Residents of the devastated island say the convicts have been looting at will and have even robbed people at gunpoint (pictured, a jet torn apart by Hurricane Irma)

British foreign minister Boris Johnson visited the island on Wednesday, saying the sheer scale of the devastation reminded him of Hiroshima

British foreign minister Boris Johnson visited the island on Wednesday, saying the sheer scale of the devastation reminded him of Hiroshima

Locals say things have improved since the arrival of British troops, but they still do not feel safe and are angry that there was no emergency plan in place

Locals say things have improved since the arrival of British troops, but they still do not feel safe and are angry that there was no emergency plan in place

Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, faced the full brunt of Irma with gusts of up to 200mph that swept aside homes and waves that carried boats ashore

Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, faced the full brunt of Irma with gusts of up to 200mph that swept aside homes and waves that carried boats ashore

Around 100 'high risk' detainees broke out of jail after it was damaged by the 185mph storm which hit the island late last week.

Briefing notes for Cabinet politicians, seen by a photographer, suggested 40 were still on the loose on Wednesday.

While locals say things have improved since the arrival of British troops, they still do not feel safe.

One woman, who did not want to be named, told the Press Association: 'Looters were on the streets and no government officials... there were people breaking into jewellery stores and supermarkets.

'Then a couple of nights ago one family had a generator and five men with guns stick them up and took the generator away. You do not feel safe.

'The prisoners came and they were walking around, people were raped, I've heard there was rape and now they're trying to round them up.'

She said there should have been an emergency plan ready, but that credit needed to be given to the British troops with how they have helped in the aftermath.

The woman described Irma as 'one of the most traumatic experiences of a lifetime.'

She added: 'Every time the pressure went down your ears pop... then the winds came and you would hear windows shattering and you would hear banging.

'Every roof in my area went, even those that had hurricane shutters and were boarded up... And the water, the wind and the rain, people were screaming.

Supplies have been brought from neighbouring islands to help those stranded in the region, which was among the worst affected by the hurricane, which was the strongest on record

Supplies have been brought from neighbouring islands to help those stranded in the region, which was among the worst affected by the hurricane, which was the strongest on record

Cabinet briefing documents suggest there were still 40 prisoners loose on the badly damaged island, as ministers warned of a 'complete breakdown of law and order'

Cabinet briefing documents suggest there were still 40 prisoners loose on the badly damaged island, as ministers warned of a 'complete breakdown of law and order'

Locals described the hurricane as 'the most traumatic experience of my life' as winds shattered windows and scattered shipping containers

Locals described the hurricane as 'the most traumatic experience of my life' as winds shattered windows and scattered shipping containers

Cars, boats and airplanes were all thrown around by the winds and will now need to be removed from roads, while debris from homes was scattered around

Cars, boats and airplanes were all thrown around by the winds and will now need to be removed from roads, while debris from homes was scattered around

The situation has been further compounded as vehicles which could have been used in the cleanup were also damaged in the storm

The situation has been further compounded as vehicles which could have been used in

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