Irma: Six dead at Florida nursing home left without power


Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.
The storm – which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US – struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.
Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where nearly 40 people were killed.
“It may be related to a loss of power in the storm,” he said, adding that officers were checking in on 42 other assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the city.
Media captionThe Florida Keys was one of the US areas hit hardest by IrmaMore than half of a large retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida, still had no electricity by Wednesday morning, leaving elderly residents stuck in rooms with no access to lifts.
She said some of the 15,000 residents at Century Village were vulnerable and “we are concerned about their welfare”.
Media captionThe BBC’s correspondents in the region chart Irma’s path of destructionAnother assisted care facility for dementia patients in Fort Myers, Florida, went without power for three days after Hurricane Irma as elderly patients suffered in the rising heat.
Cape Coral Shores kept 20 patients during the storm as part of an agreement with authorities because local emergency shelters had been evacuated as Irma bore down on the coast.
Florida residents are still returning from shelters to their households to count the cost of Irma’s destruction.
Critics have accused France, the UK and Netherlands of not doing enough to help hurricane victims in their overseas territories.
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