Dutch Red Cross: Third of buildings on Dutch Saint Martin island destroyed

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Boats wrecked by Hurricane Irma are seen from a plane in Sint Maarten, Netherlands September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Buildings damaged by Hurricane Irma are seen in Sint Maarten, Netherlands September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
A house and a building damaged by Hurricane Irma are seen in Sint Maarten, Netherlands September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
People line up to board a plane and leave the island after it was devastated by Hurricane Irma, in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherlands September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
People sit aboard a plane to leave the island after it was devastated by Hurricane Irma, in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherlands September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
A woman reacts as she stands with others in line to board a plane and leave the island after it was devastated by Hurricane Irma, in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherlands September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
Houses destroyed by Hurricane Irma are seen next to a runway in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherlands September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
Dutch king Willem-Alexander (2R) and Minister of Internal Affairs Ronald Plasterk (2L) visit on September 11, 2017, at Filipsburg on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. France, the Netherlands and Britain on September 7 sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma, which has killed at least 10 people. The worst-affected island so far is Saint Martin, which is divided between the Netherlands and France, where eight of the 10 confirmed deaths took place. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Vincent Jannink / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This handout photograph provided courtesy of the Dutch Department of Defense on September 8, 2017 shows Royal Navy personnel distributing supplies for victims of Hurricane Irma on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma killed two people and wounded 43 others when it barrelled through the Dutch part of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, a Dutch official said September 8. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
Dutch king Willem-Alexander (R) and minister of Internal Affairs Ronald Plasterk (L) visits Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten on September 11, 2017 after hurricane Irma destroyed the island. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Vincent Jannink / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This handout photograph provided courtesy of the Dutch Department of Defense on September 8, 2017 shows a man looking on over the devastion of Hurricane Irma on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma killed two people and wounded 43 others when it barrelled through the Dutch part of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, a Dutch official said September 8. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
This handout photograph provided courtesy of the Dutch Department of Defense on September 8, 2017 shows people passing supplies during recovery efforts following the devastion of Hurricane Irma on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma killed two people and wounded 43 others when it barrelled through the Dutch part of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, a Dutch official said September 8. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
This handout photograph provided courtesy of the Dutch Department of Defense on September 7, 2017 shows houses and cars damaged after the passage of Hurricane Irma on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY AND AFP PHOTO / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY AND AFP PHOTO / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Gerben van Es / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - NO SALE- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Gerben van Es / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - NO SALE- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
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AMSTERDAM, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Nearly a third of all buildings on the Dutch half of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin were destroyed and more than 90 percent damaged by Hurricane Irma, the Dutch Red Cross said on Tuesday.

The aid agency had surveyed 5,500 structures before the storm and made an assessment based on photographs provided by the Defence Ministry in the Netherlands.

Caretaker Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had said on Sunday an estimated 70 percent of buildings were damaged or destroyed.

"The damage on St. Martin is greater than previously thought," the Red Cross said in a statement. "In addition to distributing food and water, the Red Cross is going to ramp up emergency shelter."

Extra search and rescue experts were also heading to the Dutch territory, where the Red Cross said 200 people were registered as missing.

A flight with tarpaulins, tents, soap and other supplies would leave on Wednesday, after more than 3 million euros ($3.6 million) was donated in the Netherlands.

The Red Cross said it would use drones to monitor the needs of the population on the island, an independent nation within the Kingdom of the Netherlands with a population of around 40,000.

Irma killed four people and injured dozens on the Dutch side of the island. The remainder of the island is administered by France.

A special funding drive will be held by major national broadcasters on Friday to collect donations for emergency aid and reconstruction.

The French Interior Ministry has said Irma killed at least 10 people on the islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. Saint Barthelemy lies about 35 km southeast of Saint Martin. ($1 = 0.8376 euros) (Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Alison Williams)

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